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Note from Jason Forrest: Are You A Better Salesperson Than a Three-Year-Old?

Sales Professionals,

Boy climbing bunk bed-Fearless-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupWhen they’re little, kids are fearless. I know because I have two and whether they’re jumping off the couch or dancing like no one is watching—they just don’t hesitate.

My two are not some super freakish kids. They’re like most kids their age who believe they’re good artists and dancers and that they can be presidents one day. Little kids engage in life with no hesitation about anything they do.

But little by little, fear takes them over and they become adults who would rather swim with sharks than dance or sing in public, and who settle for mediocre lives and careers. Unless it’s addressed, fear only grows until it cripples people.

I’ve seen it in myself. Things like haunted houses, roller coasters, and snowboarding down advanced level mountain runs used to not even faze me. I was fearless until the day I started thinking! Thinking can be a good thing, but over-thinking can create hesitation.

For some salespeople, winning behaviors and sales techniques come naturally. They lead prospects through auto or model home demonstrations without an ounce of hesitation. They ask the tough financing questions as casually as they ask for a client’s name. And they feel like asking for the sale is doing the client a favor, not being intrusive. They don’t define these behaviors as fearless—they just say they’re following the sales training process that gives the prospect the best experience. If you asked them what they have to lose, they’d say, “Nothing.”

This week, take the attitude of a three-year-old who believes that nothing is impossible. How would you treat every prospect if you passionately believed that it’s possible to sell to 100% of the prospects who walk through your door?

How would you approach them if you knew that 100% of your prospects were unconsciously begging you to convince them to buy a product that will improve their lives? No fear.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

 


 

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JASON FORREST (two time Stevie Award winner – 2014 Silver Stevie Award for sales training program of the year, and 2013 Gold Stevie Award for sales training or education leader of the year) is an expert at creating high-performance sales organizations through sales training programs, management training programs, and cultural awareness training. He addresses beliefs (not just behaviors) to increase sales, develop leaders, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest believes in both the art and science of the sales process. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on beliefs, not just behaviors.

 


 

FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP specializes in corporate training programs, leadership training programs, and sales training programs. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its belief that true change starts at the top, occurs from the inside out, and requires long-term coaching, rather than short term training. Too many organizations are short-sighted regarding training and they only provide one-day events to entertain sales pros and give them a short-term boost in energy or motivation. One-day events are valuable as a jump start, but complete training programs provide increased sales, measurable ROI, tangible sales tools, and accountability.

Note from Jason Forrest: The Underdog Mindset

“The toughest thing I ever had to do was get my team to overcome success disease.” –Bill Walsh, football coach

Jason Forrest

Sales Pros,

Have you ever noticed that very few teams win the Super Bowl back to back? This is because of a mental deficiency (called success disease) that makes individuals and teams think they don’t need to improve any more. It’s an arrogance of the mind that says that the next win is based on a previous victory.

I see this happening with hardworking sales professionals all of the time. They bust their butts to learn and grow and then once they start winning…they stop learning and growing. Eventually, the circumstances surpass their ability and they stop winning. Sometimes, a “losing season” is exactly what a sales professional needs to snap out of it and start pursuing mastery again. Unfortunately, if the success disease isn’t cured, they will just go through the same cycle once they start winning again.

Bill Walsh says the only cure to success disease is adopting an underdog mentality—a mindset that keeps you saying, “I have to work like no one else so that I can win like no one else.”

From this day forward, work like nobody else. Whenever you aren’t selling to prospects, making follow up calls, promoting to realtors, asking for referrals, and the like, pursue self-improvement through training. Selling will keep you paid today and training will keep you ahead of future circumstances so that you’ll get paid tomorrow.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason

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JASON FORREST (two time Stevie Award winner – 2014 Silver Stevie Award for sales training program of the year, and 2013 Gold Stevie Award for sales training or education leader of the year) is an expert at creating high-performance sales organizations through sales training programs, management training programs, and cultural awareness training. He addresses beliefs (not just behaviors) to increase sales, develop leaders, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest believes in both the art and science of the sales process. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on beliefs, not just behaviors.

 


 

FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP specializes in corporate training programs, leadership training programs, and sales training programs. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its belief that true change starts at the top, occurs from the inside out, and requires long-term coaching, rather than short term training. Too many organizations are short-sighted regarding training and they only provide one-day events to entertain sales pros and give them a short-term boost in energy or motivation. One-day events are valuable as a jump start, but complete training programs provide increased sales, measurable ROI, tangible sales tools, and accountability.

Note from Jason Forrest: Be Grateful for Your Growth

Sales Professionals,Grass-Growth-Reflecting-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group

Your effort makes a difference!

Don’t be a perfectionist (like I am) and focus too much on where people need to improve rather than how far they’ve come. In tough circumstances, we can get discouraged, believing that there is nothing we can do differently to change the outcome. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Today, take 20 minutes to reflect on how far you have improved in each area of the sales process. Spend this time focusing on how you’ve grown. This will change your thinking and remind you that your effort does make a difference in your sales success and that, without your past growth, you would not be as successful as you are today.

This newfound belief will give you the necessary fuel to take on your next area of improvement.

Here’s to growing (and earning what you’re worth)!

Jason

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JASON FORREST (two time Stevie Award winner – 2014 Silver Stevie Award for sales training program of the year, and 2013 Gold Stevie Award for sales training or education leader of the year) is an expert at creating high-performance sales organizations through sales training programs, management training programs, and cultural awareness training. He addresses beliefs (not just behaviors) to increase sales, develop leaders, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest believes in both the art and science of the sales process. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on beliefs, not just behaviors.

 


 

FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP specializes in corporate training programs, leadership training programs, and sales training programs. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its belief that true change starts at the top, occurs from the inside out, and requires long-term coaching, rather than short term training. Too many organizations are short-sighted regarding training and they only provide one-day events to entertain sales pros and give them a short-term boost in energy or motivation. One-day events are valuable as a jump start, but complete training programs provide increased sales, measurable ROI, tangible sales tools, and accountability.

Note from Jason: Fall in Love Again

Couple-Selling-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupSales Pros:

Everybody in sales loves the signature on the dotted line and the sight of a customer driving away in a new car or turning the key to their next home. And let’s be real: We all love the paychecks.

What I wonder is if we all love the process as much as we love the results. But if we start enjoying the process as much as we do the result, we’ll be fat (so to speak) AND happy. One of the easiest traps to fall into is focusing so much on getting the sale that you forget to enjoy the game. Commit to falling in love again. Fall in love with the art of communication and with getting down to what will improve your prospects’ lives.

When you do this, you will adopt the mindset of an enthusiastic rookie, but have the experience of a seasoned veteran. Now that’s a powerful combination that your customers will feel. And your rekindled energy will birth new sales.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

 


 

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Note from Jason: The One Thing That Can Make or Break a Company, Church, or Home

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.Man Yelling at Phone-Attitude-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our ATTITUDES. –Chuck Swindol

X-Factor Sales Professionals,

I’ve been talking about gratitude a lot lately and the two go hand in hand. It’s hard not to be grateful when your attitude is right. And it’s hard to have a bad attitude when you’re being actively grateful.

Really listen to what Chuck is saying. You are in charge of your circumstances through your attitudes. You can’t control market conditions, politics, or the world’s economy. There is just one thing you can control—your attitude. Whether your buyers come in with or without consumer confidence, with or without urgency, or able to qualify or not; there are sales professionals who are making a fortune in this market and these circumstances. TODAY.

People are buying products this week. Will they be buying them from you?

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

– Jason Forrest

 


 

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

 


 

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Note from Jason Forrest: Why People Matter

Sales Pros:new home sales training workshops

I love a good product just as much as the next guy, but if merchandise alone sold big-ticket items, we wouldn’t need to man our model homes and we’d all be picking our cars from an online catalog. We’d just build and design the best possible models and watch the contracts roll in.

One of the major buzzwords in the housing industry, for example, is green. Conferences focus heavily on what product will provide an edge over competitors, but the biggest, baddest, greenest product in the world means nothing if nobody can communicate its value.

When I was eight, I watched my dad present three one-carat diamonds to a young couple. The stones were identical to the naked eye and ranged from $3,000 to $15,000. After my father demonstrated the differences with equipment and education, the couple bought the most expensive rock. They spent five times more for something they couldn’t even see. Without my dad’s ability to communicate the value of the superior diamond, the difference would have meant nothing to the couple.

The best edge a company can have over a competitor is to put the best possible people in position.

I guess what I’m saying is that you matter. So, here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

 

JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Note from Jason Forrest: How to Lose a Buyer in 40 Seconds

Sales Pros:sales training seminars

People don’t have a problem with sales professionals. They have a problem with anyone who wastes their time and with unethical, boring, or unhelpful salespeople.

That’s not the kind of salesperson you have to be. There are many ways to lose clients (and taint the profession’s reputation while you’re at it). Today, we’ll focus on one faux pas that’s common in our industry–sending generic emails with information that doesn’t apply to the recipient.

I told a Realtor exactly what kind of home I wanted, but at least once a week he sends me a generic e-mail with all of his listings, most of which are completely irrelevant to me. I have lost respect for him and delete his emails with nary a click. He does not own the process, he is not helpful, and worst yet, he is wasting my time. It may not technically count as spam, but it has the same effect on me. With this kind of “service,” I might as well do it on my own.

Tip: Don’t send customers generic marketing pieces with your homes or available inventory. Send customized pieces only. sales training seminars

To help hold yourself accountable, always start the email with something like, “Based on your desire to have (stated needs) I thought you would enjoy this,” or “Based on your concern about (stated concern), I thought you’d want to see this listing.”

If your clients feel like you are looking out for their interests and that you’re saving them time instead of wasting their precious time, you’ll gain their respect and appreciation. On the other hand, if your clients feel like just another email address in your contact list, you’ll lose their respect and likely, their business, too.

Here’s to keeping your prospects happy and earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

 

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Note from Jason Forrest: It's All On You

Sales Pros:

No matter what I am trying to accomplish in life, my dad always has the same words of wisdom. When I wasn’t sure if I’d make first string on the football team, he said it. When I had to fight to get into TCU, he said it. And even when I was trying to convince my wife Shelly to marry me, he said the same four words: It’s all on you.

That’s why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video from my alma mater. It demonstrates the spirit that made me want to go there in the first place. The one that says, “Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat, on the other hand, is for those who know it’s a choice.”

Don’t wait for the sales gods to bless you with another sale. Create your own future. Get out there and earn it. It IS a choice.

Make the choice today to earn what you’re worth.

Jason Forrest

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Victims are Fearful: Victors Are Fearless (Note from Jason Forrest)

Erasing Fear-Handling Objections-Jason Forrest Forrest Performance Group-Sales Techniques-Training X Factor Sales professionals-Hot beliefsSales Pros:

Fearless salespeople never play the victim.

While sales managers often try to encourage their teams by saying things like, “We’ll weather this storm,” or “We’ve just gotta sit tight and wait for the upswing;” they don’t see that such phrases actually take the power and hope away from salespeople. It’s because they strip their people of accepting any challenge that will encourage growth.

Remember: Fearless X Factors thrive on objections. I’ve said it before. Regardless of the season, your ownership of the overall sales process will determine the outcome of the sale.

Own more. Fear less.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Note from Jason: Train to Gain

Training-tips for success-mentality-growth mindset-learning-education-sales process-sales techniques-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group-Improvement-Why we trainSales Pros:

Why do you train?

Great athletes train to reach their potential in their athletic performance. Salespeople train for two reasons: To perform well and to improve their company’s brand.

Performing Well: In order to earn worth-it money, you must perform extremely well and the outcome is congruent to the effort you put in. When you train, you develop a skill set. The harder you train, the better the skill, and ultimately, performance. Do you have your performance juice?

Improving Your Company’s Brand:  For the X Factors that eat, breath, sleep, and sweat selling, brand integrity is huge! The brand doesn’t function off of one X Factor’s effort, but it is either supported or damaged with each customer interaction.

How well do you train? Are you putting in the required effort to see desired results? The decision is up to you!

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. In 2013, he won a Gold Stevie Award for Sales Training Leader of the Year. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.