3 Proven Sales Techniques for Overcoming Objections

For many salespeople, one of the most challenging stages of the sales cycle is handling objections. After all, objections can easily feel like rejection, and it can be uncomfortable to talk people out of saying no. However, here’s the big secret: objections are actually good! In this post, we’ll explore three proven sales techniques to help you overcome objections and transform them into a powerful asset. Understanding Objections First and foremost, objections aren’t a “no.” On the contrary, questions and … Read More

Leadership Tips: How to be an Effective Manager During the Holidays

  Being an effective leader is a year-round challenge, but it’s increasingly challenging during the busy holiday season. Everyone’s attention is being pulled in many different directions – both professionally and personally – and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. These 5 Leadership Tips for the Holiday Season are designed to help you keep your team engaged while solidifying yourself as a reliable and motivated business leader. #1 – Be Realistic with Expectations Of course, the wheels of productivity … Read More

Strategic Planning 101: Conquer the 5 Most Common Mistakes

Strategic planning is a buzzword that’s been tossed around boardrooms and executive circles for years – leaving many business leaders feeling as though they are chasing the elusive strategic planning ROI. Just like with leadership development or sales techniques, effective strategic planning is a learned skill. At FocalPoint Canada, we help our clients navigate their business goals by working with them to develop roadmaps for success – aka strategic plans. To help you start thinking strategically about strategic planning, we’ve … Read More

Essential Employee Engagement Techniques for New Hires

Employee engagement is a topic that has taken center stage for today’s business leaders – partially because of its link with productivity optimization but also because low engagement levels have become an epidemic in the workplace. According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, only one-third of the American workforce is engaged – meaning only 33% of workers are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their employer.  This leaves 51% who are not engaged and 16% who are actively disengaged – meaning … Read More

5 Steps to Improve Your Listening Skills & Leadership Effectiveness

It’s not an accident that the most successful leaders are also very skilled listeners. That’s because communication – both how you deliver information and how you receive it – is the key to leadership effectiveness. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, executive or management hopeful, your listening skills play a critical role in your ability to become an influential leader, persuasive closer and impactful visionary. Here are 5 simple steps for improving your listening skills and, in turn, your leadership effectiveness. 1. … Read More

Your Most Valuable Financial Asset for Entrepreneurial Success

When asked about your most valuable financial assets, it’s common to consider the worth of your business, real estate properties and investment portfolio. However, you would be overlooking the most crucial asset for entrepreneurial success: your earning ability. As Brian Tracy says, “your ability to earn money is the most precious and perishable asset you have.” That’s because if you were to lose all the financial assets you originally considered (property, cars, bank accounts, etc.), your earning ability would allow … Read More

Managing VS Coaching: The Key to Engagement is Superior Coaching Skills

When asked what’s more powerful – managing employees or coaching them – most business leaders are correct in responding with “coaching.” Many will add that they have adopted a coaching leadership style, but when asked to elaborate, it’s more common to discover that their coaching skills offer significant room for growth (to put it nicely). The truth is that most managers don’t know how to coach their employees, despite their desire to do so. However, the good news is that … Read More

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