life

Real and imaginary barriers

Running a business is hard. There are so many barriers to success. Sales, financing, delivery, marketing, recruiting, just balancing everything, knowing what to focus on next, etc. Yet we often make it harder on ourselves by creating imaginary barriers in … Read More

“Help”, Don’t “Sell”

Yesterday I met with a very smart, conscientious guy who takes great pride in helping his clients. He said, “I know I have to get better at sales, but I hate it!” So I recalled my journey. “Selling” is not … Read More

Create a Weekly Calendar

If you feel really busy, but by the end of the week you haven’t done the main thing you set out to do on Monday, you may need a weekly calendar. I have to admit, I only started doing this … Read More

The Reconnection Challenge

I’ve been thinking (and writing, and coding, and acting) a lot about the importance of connections. Not just social media connections, but actual social connections, which take time to nurture. Social media should (and can) facilitate real connection, but often … Read More

The Maximum Social Network

With the rise of online social networks, it’s easy to quantify our connections. Or so you’d think. How many likes? How many followers? But what does this really mean for human connection? How many connections can you actually have? And … Read More

Making Sales Call Easier

If there’s one overriding theme beyond the Mimiran product, it’s: “automate around Reuben’s weaknesses.” One of those weaknesses is calling people. I’m getting much, much better, but it’s still not my favorite thing, and I’m still behind where I should … Read More

2018 Pipeline Planning

2019 Sales and Marketing Pipeline Planning

We’ve all done our sales planning for 2019? If you’re a bit behind, like some people I’ve heard about, you can use this quick pipeline planner to get a sense of how many leads you need, what your close rate … Read More

Built to Last?

I just got back from Barcelona (lucky me, I know) and, in addition to enjoying lots of Catalonian food (and wine), I also got to think about time in a different way. Partly, this was being unplugged from my computer, … Read More

How do you stay in touch with your network?

This question has been piquing my interest a lot lately. There’s just not enough time to stay in touch with family, friends, colleagues, clients, prospects, and acquaintances with the frequency and depth that I’d like. Sporadically, I make a pass … Read More

2018 Pipeline Planning

2018 Sales and Marketing Pipeline Planning

We’ve all done our 2018 sales and marketing pipeline planning already, right? He he. If you’re a bit behind, like some people I’ve heard about, you can use this quick pipeline planner to get a sense of how many leads … Read More