113 Monday Musing: Deliberate Practice

On today’s Monday Musing Jeff is taking another swing at the fundamentals…and another…and another. It’s not about practice, it’s about deliberate practice.

Deliberate practice has its ups and its downs but the trajectory of progress is up if the commitment stays true. This doesn’t just go for the links it also goes for the sales call. Prospecting, networking, closing, it all requires deliberate practice and resilience that will hone your craft and produce positive results. Sales performance will fluctuate but if you keep swinging your game will surely improve.

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112 Jeff Bajorek is Not a Connection Collector

We’re just getting started with networking month and we’ve searched far and wide for the greatest experts on the subject. Suddenly, we realized, “Hey, we have a networking expert in our midst.” Jeff Bajorek steps out of the host seat and goes under Christie’s microscope as today’s guest.

Jeff is all about quality connections filled with people he can offer help to. He’s not a fan of racking up huge numbers of followers at the expense of serving others. This episode won’t be filled with hacks, workarounds or backdoors into networking. Instead, Jeff offers real world strategies that will lead to real business connections that if you play your cards right can become real customers.

On today’s podcast

1:50 – Jeff’s feeling a little weird about being a guest on his own show
5:17 – Jeff does not enjoy collecting connections
9:57 – Making sure you give AND get from the people you network with
16:46 – How do you find valuable, fulfilling connections
19:30 – Jeff’s top networking tips for newbies
26:30 – How to connect with someone digitally for the first time
32:30 – Networking doesn’t have to be complicated
36:20 – Talk to people you don’t like
40:00 – Jeff Bajorek’s “why”

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111 Monday Musing: Add A Little Play to Your Day

Christie is taking a cue from her grandson this week and finding space in her life for “play.” Laughter, smiling, enjoying life, if we deny these human impulses it comes at a great cost to our physical, mental and wallet health. Listen to today’s musing for the connection between play time and sales time.

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110 May Wrap / June Preview

We came. We saw. We executed. May is in the books and we’re looking back on a month that was all about using all of the purpose and preparations of Q1 and manifesting results.

This month we’ll be laying the ground work for the rest of our year with a focus on networking. Get ready for strategies that will help you make more connections, make better connections and make lasting connections that will lead to recurring business.

On today’s podcast

1:30 – May was an intense month of focus and intentions on and off the air

3:40 – Greg Rosner told us how to execute on presentations

5:50 – Michael Moore introduced us to netweaving and how it can help us execute better

9:00 – Dan Jourdan fired us up and helped us execute on the phone

12:20 – You can call Kelly Riggs and he will pick up the phone

14:40 – Ron Masi gave us the road map…well the mindmap…to executing as a leader

17:04 – We went behind the music! Find out more about our house band, Haskins.

21:00 – Previewing June, our month of networking including interviews with Kelly Roach, Jen Gluckow and MORE!

25:00 – We reveal our newest AMAZING book club book

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109 Becoming an Unstoppable Entrepreneur with Kelly Roach

Our guest this week is, Kelly Roach, former NFL cheerleader turned entrepreneur and sales success coach and now author of Unstoppable: The 9 Principles For Unlimited Success in Business and Life. If her advice sounds real world and down to Earth, it’s because her experience has been as real as it gets. She ventured from the corporate world where she handled hundreds of millions in assets and broke every single sales record in her Fortune 500 company’s history (all before she was 30!) into her own success coaching business all while raising a family. 

If you’re in any kind of business this will be an inspiring, fascinating and helpful listen. If you have a startup, or ever thought about setting of on your own business journey, this is a MUST listen.

On today’s podcast…

1:42 – Going from cheerleading for an NFL team to coaching sales teams and entrepreneurs
6:45 – Kelly reveals the thing she learned very early in her career that has propelled her to continued success now
11:50 – Even though it’s one of the best time’s EVER to start a business, Kelly feels bad for entrepreneurs today
16:20 – What big businesses need that entrepreneurs don’t and vice versa
19:22 – The amazingly obvious thing that most startups are missing or not asking themselves
25:00 – Knowing the difference between profitable and productive / intelligent networking strategy
29:29 – Should you quit your job today and invest full time in your startup?
35:00 – Finding Kelly Roach

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108 Monday Musing: Like Riding a Bike

After a long period on training wheels, Jeff’s kids finally learned how to ride a bike. It took a very short time to teach them relative to the time they spent on training wheels. That gap has Jeff thinking this week.

What have you been less than successful with lately and totally frustrated by? Maybe it’s a prospecting technique. Maybe it’s getting a customer through that last portion of their sales journey or their buying journey to make a commitment. Maybe it’s something with social media. Maybe it’s something with preparation or discovery. Maybe there’s something about time management or priority management that you need to get better at. What could you improve drastically if you just took a little bit of time to study what it would take to improve? What could you be more successful with and less frustrated by in a matter of a few days if you only took a little bit of time out to figure out how to best do that?

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107 Special: Having a Drink With Haskins

You hear them every week, on every episode. Our guest this week is the band that stands behind The Why and The Buy, Detroit’s own…Haskins!

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Listen for a behind the music story of passion pursued and how they’ve made their team work over the years. This month is all about execution and a band has to lean on both individual execution and team execution to make beautiful music.

On today’s podcast

1:30 – Getting the band together

9:30 – How would Haskins describe the kind of music they play?

17:44 – Why Haskins is against playing cover songs

23:22 – Jeff’s garage band days

25:30 – What made Haskins want to play music?

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106 Monday Musing: Christie’s Most Powerful Buzzword

Just because it is Christie’s buzzword, doesn’t make it any less true or powerful. Authenticity has been the key to success for so many. Staying true not only to yourself in the present moment but your passion and your vision for the future.

Listen to today’s musing and ask yourself what words you overuse and if you’re okay with using them.

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105 Hitting Reset and Thinking Big with Ron Masi

Our guest this week is Ron Masi, Business Analytics Leader for Teradata. Ron wakes up everyday thinking about execution, both how he will personally execute on his plan and how to help other business execute on their plans. 

His strategies for execution are as insightful as they are precise. His story begins with a complete reset of his career several years ago that led him to start thinking big and asking big questions about buyer motivation, differentiation and strategic sales. Listen to learn more about the philosophies that are driving major success for Ron Masi and his company.

On today’s podcast

1:49 – What is a business analytics leader?
8:42 – How a complete career reset helped Ron Masi differentiate and execute at his highest level
12:00 – Why Ron forbids his SDR to check back in with him
16:00 – Shifting your mindset from the goals of the company and the goals of your customer
18:45 – Executing on an effective prospecting plan
24:45 – Warming up the coldest prospects
28:35 – How Ron uses technology and mind mapping to execute consistently
34:15 – Ron Masi’s “Why”

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104 Monday Musing: So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

On this week’s Monday Musing Jeff has a song stuck in his head and not just because it has a catchy hook but a theme that has everything to do with Execution month.

In order to execute, you have to know what needs to be executed on. But so many things in our life (both work and home) serve to distract us and disrupt the focus necessary to answer the questions that will lead to execution.

Do you need to create a strategic plan around who you need to talk to? Do you know what you’re going out to execute every day or do you just wake up with a task list and pretend that that’s going to be effective for you? These are the questions that are really tough to answer and oftentimes they’re are answered incorrectly because of all the noise surrounding the tech and the tools that salespeople use to implement those strategies are or handle those tasks.

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