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Having courage (or being brave) does not mean you don’t feel fear.  It means you have the heart and emotional stability to face the fear and do what’s needed anyway.  This is a process of learning about yourself—who you are and what you are able to do.  Identifying your weaknesses, changing your habits, and fixing your attitude all require personal bravery. Courage is about helping yourself and helping other people become better, knowing as you grow and help others develop that you could be subject to criticism.

Laws of Charisma-Geeky Article

Join me for this week’s podcast on The Keys to Instant Courage - Fortune Favors The Bold (Brave).  I will use the acronym B.O.L.D. to define courage.  You will discover how to be more persistent, stand up for your beliefs, and have more confidence in everything you do.  If you don’t feel confident, your prospect won’t feel confident doing business with you.

Direct download: Podcast_452_-_Keys_to_Instant_Courage_-_Fortune_Favors_The_Bold_Brave.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

Trust is critical in persuasion. Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when people are more skeptical and mistrustful than ever.  Twenty years ago, the mindset was: “I trust you; give me a reason not to.”  Now the mindset is: “I don’t trust you; give me a reason why I should.” Trust is at an all-time low and still falling.

Global Trustworthiness Index 2022.

The Most And Least Trusted Professions In America

Lawyers per Capita by Country 2023

Trust is also magnified or diminished based on your occupation or profession. For example, medical professionals enjoy higher trust levels than lawyers do. An individual’s general trust of a certain industry or profession is dictated not only by experience, but also mainly by rumor and reputation (especially if they have had no direct experience with that industry).  All things being equal, people will do business with and refer to those people they know, like, and trust.

 Join me for this week’s podcast on World Trust trends and Tools.  I will give you the numbers from around the world about who has instant high trust and automatic low trust.  Once you discover where you rate, I will give you some tools to help build trust or the glue to the persuasion process.

Direct download: Podcast_451_-_World_Trust_trends_and_Trust_Tools.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

These skills are essential in persuasion and leadership.  What about managers and politicians?  Are they leaders?  Do people trust them?  Probably not.  What needs to change?  Join me for this week’s podcast on Why Politicians Are Not Leaders And Have Low Trust. 

Why Democracy Produces Incompetent Leaders – And How to Fix it

Discover how to adjust your influence/leadership style.  Find out if you are a true leader or one of those politicians/managers.  Let’s become true charismatic leaders.

Direct download: Podcast_450_-_Why_Politicians_Are_Not_Leaders_And_Have_Low_Trust.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:07am CDT

We were taught through the years that closing skills were all you needed to persuade and sell. You had to learn more closing skills if you did not sell enough people.  Nowadays, sure, it's nice to have a few closing skills in your persuasion toolbox, but shouldn't you spend more time opening up your audience before you even think about closing a deal with them?  

24 Sales Mistakes to Avoid in 2022 (and Beyond)

When closing skills are used at the wrong time, in the wrong place, or with the wrong person, another brick is added to the wall of resistance.  When people sense that they are about to be hit with a hard close, the wall increases in thickness and strength.

What other mistakes are you making in the persuasion/sales process?  What do you need to fix for 2023?  Join me for this week’s podcast on Top Sales And Persuasion Mistakes To Fix This Year.  Learn what you need to do to get better skills to persuade with power in 2023.

Direct download: Podcast_449_-_Top_Sales_And_Persuasion_Mistakes_To_Fix_This_Year.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:11am CDT