1. Leave your work at work
Don’t take work home with you. Every pro-clo needs to relax and recharge his batteries, so that he is at his best for the following day. No matter how much we enjoy our work, the rule is: ‘We work to live, not live to work’. Spending quality time and relaxing with our family is the key to real happiness and prosperity. A true pro-clo knows how and when to turn off.
2. Take regular exercise.
It is a well-known fact that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. If you read this and say to yourself ‘I really must do some exercise. And then end up doing nothing about it, you haven’t got what it takes to be a true pro-clo. On the other hand, if you don’t feel you should take regular exercise, I urge you to consider the following.
Regular exercise increases your stamina, and makes you sharper and more alert. Regular exercise makes you healthier. It makes you less prone to common ailments such as colds or influenza as well as major illnesses such as diabetes or heart conditions. Regular exercise makes you feel good about yourself. It makes you feel fit and alive and it keeps you younger than your years. Regular exercise increases your metabolism, which burns up calories and thus keeps your weight down. Most important of all, regular exercise increases your chances of a longer, healthier life which means you will have more time to enjoy your blessings and your spoils.
I’m not saying you should become a health freak or a fanatical athlete, but a minimum exercise programmer should be 30+ minutes three times a week. Obviously, if you have any doubts about taking exercise, you should seek medical advice first. The rule is don’t not do it, just don’t overdo it.
3. Create list of things to do.
In order of importance, and as you complete each task, cross that item off the list. This is an ‘oldie’ and do9wadays you can even buy pads with ‘Things to do’ pre-printed on them. When his mind is buzzing in a confused state, trying to remember all the things that he must do, a pro-clo doesn’t get into a flutter. He simply creates his “Things to Do’ list and relieves himself from the pressure to remember. He can them concentrate on tackling his work in order of importance. In doing so the pro-clo is able to see, in black and white, just where he is going and what he has accomplished. It also gives him a great sense of achievement when he gets to cross off the last item.
4. Do what you don’t want to do.
If you are scared of something (maybe cold calling or a specific objection), you become insecure and lack confidence. This causes procrastination, so that you’re indecisive about what you should do. Always do whatever you are scared of , whatever you dislike, whatever you fear, and you will eventually learn to overcome it because ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’. There is only one sure way of never failing, and that in never to try. If you don’t try, you won’t lose, but you won’t win either. Winners do what they fear to do.
5. Dress like a professional
Here, I am not just talking about dress in the clothes sense, but everything from personal hygiene to the wearing of jewellery, even to the condition and appearance of your sales aids. A pro-clo knows that appearance is of paramount importance to portray a confident, successful and professional image. Ask yourself, am I dressed like somebody I would want to do business with?
6. Be courteous and smile
Suffice it for me to say ‘Actions speak louder than words’. Here’s a little poem I wrote about being courteous, followed by another from an unknown author explaining the wonders of smile.
Always be there when you say you will,
Don’t move around when you should be still
Open a door, Pull out a chair,
Say please and think you, and show that you care,
Offer help whenever you can,
Never offend a no-smoking ban,
Ask if they’re comfortable, offer a drink,
Little things mean more than you think.
Do this, and respect their point of view,
And success will always come to you.
A smile costs nothing, but gives you much
It enriches those who receive
Without making poorer those who give
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it.
And none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,
Fosters good will in business
And is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to weary,
Cheer to the discouraged
Sunshine to the sad
And is nature’s best antidote for trouble
Yet, it cannot be brought, begged, borrowed or stolen
For it is something of No value until it is Given Away
Some people are too tried to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours, as none needs as smile so much
As he who has no more to give!
7. Accept when you’re wrong
When you make a mistake or you’re in the wrong, don’t shy away from it. Instead, accept it and learn from it. A pro-clo will always admit when he is wrong. He knows that no-one ever choked swallowing their pride.
8. Motivate yourself
Each morning and before each call, motivate yourself, give yourself that edge that buzz, that force from within that tells you you’re good, you’re very good. Let the confidence ooze out of every pore, let the butterflies fly in your stomach and the tingles run up your spine. The pro-clo switches himself on, he psyches himself up, and it,s easy, because he instinctively knows ‘he’s gonna win’.
Professional closers motivate themselves, they don’t need others to do it for them. They listen to great motivational music or inspirational tapes, they psych themselves up in front of a mirror, they pace up and down drumming positive thoughts into their subconscious minds and they read good motivational material, just as you are down now with this book.
Motivation stimulates excitement and enthusiasm and the winning attitude needed to succeed.
9. Set yourself goals
It is important to have something to strive for. Otherwise you end up wandering around without a destination, like a piece of driftwood on the ocean. People become state when their goals and dreams equal their present being. They lack desire and ambition, and end up existing instead of thriving. A pro-clo sets himself goals end, as he nears or attains them, he sets himself new desires, new goals, and off he goes again. Always thriving (This is discussed in depth in step 39)
10. Give more then you need to
Always give the customer more than is expected, that little extra, that complimentary add-on, or going the extra mile when it comes to service. Not only does this solidify a deal, but it gives you repeat business, referral business and a reputation that will create new business.