Small Business Owner

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

Mimiran Call Mode

Call Mode: An easier way to make sales calls

Most people don’t really enjoy making sales calls. I’ve found that if I’m doing a good job helping prospects, not just selling them, the conversations are easier, more fun, and more productive. But knowing who to call next can be … 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

How to do sales proposals the right way

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know there’s a lot of material on proposals. I’ve also done a lot of coaching and consulting on proposals. Each time, I tell myself I should really put this content in … Read More

Nail Your Marketing Message

Who do you help? What’s different about your approach? How can you get this message to resonate with your audience? Try this simple “Mad Libs” style marketing message generator. Just plug in values in the blanks. Play around. See if … 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

Word of Mouth Marketing Michael Katz Blue Penguin Development

Are you maximizing word of mouth and referrals?

Referrals are awesome, right? Just because I’m a big fan of “growing beyond word of mouth”, doesn’t mean I hate referrals. On the contrary, I love referral business. When I did consulting, all my business was word of mouth. (And … 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

How to Use Lead Magnets that Convert on Your Consulting Web Site

Ahmed Munawar, host of the Forecast podcast for consultants, invited me on to discuss how to use Lead Magnets to convert visitors into clients.     How to Create a Lead Magnet that Converts with Reuben Swartz