In an era of budget, time, and labor constraints, is it possible to sell your ideas and concepts (which often require money, time, and labor to implement) to the CEO, CFO, board of directors, or whoever is in charge of the final decision? The answer is yes! You can sell your ideas up; it simply depends on how you frame the opportunity. First things first: When you’re selling your ideas up, don’t talk about the idea itself. While that may sound strange, it’s the primary sales rule that most people break. Yes, you love your ideas and think they’re great, but not everyone loves the same things as you. And when you’re selling your ideas to others, you can’t focus on your preferences. Rather, you have to focus on the other person. Here’s how you do that.
Tune into the Pain of the Person You’re Talking To Forget about yourself…
Posted On Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00 Written by
I get asked all the time about the “best tools” an originator can have, or what works “best” for doing certain tasks, and to be honest, I can only quote a famous line: “everything works, and nothing doesn’t!” Simply put, while its nice to have all the latest and greatest technology, it’s likely that technology isn’t the issue, it’s the assumption that the technology is the driver of the result, and NOTHING could be further from the truth! A treadmill that sits in the corner of the bedroom covered in clothes doesn’t help you stay in shape. In fact, it likely has the reverse impact, you start to feel guilty about spending the money and not doing the work, so you create stress in your life which will never produce the desired result. Tools don’t work by themselves! If they did, nobody would need loan originators and if we did,…
Posted On Monday, 13 February 2023 00:00 Written by
Step one of this five-part Mentoring Series is called “Rules of the Game”. The reason is pretty straight forward, if you don’t know the rules of the game you are playing, you are likely to be outplayed by someone who does. This business can be challenging enough all by itself, don’t help your competition by not fully understanding the rules; DOMINATE them by MASTERING THEM! Like any sport, there are rules, hard and fast, the very parameters by which the game can be played, and by failure to exploit them, lose a key advantage. Most mortgage professionals fall prey to only knowing what they were shown, but never go beyond that to see what is possible. When exposed to all the things that are possible, they can learn to master a system and a series of “plays” (processes), that will help them far outpace their competition. The key is to…
Posted On Monday, 06 February 2023 00:00 Written by
Greg Godek Sure, you could buy some roses.Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else. Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is a romance kit “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship (whether dating, engaged, or married for 50+ years!) who wants to spark some more love in their lives.
Posted On Wednesday, 01 February 2023 00:00 Written by
What does the term “culture” mean? For many, it is possible that they envision the word representing a race, ethnicity, or religion. The reality is that culture is actually much more complex than most realize, especially when it pertains to a business or organization, and what defines culture at a business or organization is how they serve customers and significantly improve the world. In this month’s Opportunity Hour: Conversations with the Masters, I had the privilege to meet with a longtime friend of mine and esteemed colleague Scott McCain. Scott is a customer experience and sales expert who prepares companies and individual contributors to create distinction from the inside out and achieve iconic status—something we want to explore thoroughly in today’s blog. Both Scott McCain and I have a similar goal: help clients create more compelling connections, provide ultimate customer experiences, and stand out personally and professionally in lasting ways. To do this,…
Posted On Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00 Written by
When you have suffered an injury caused by someone else, you may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury claim. Depending on the details of your case, damages could include medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the cost of future medical treatments. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, it is important to have Rockford personal injury lawyer on your side.  A lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Even if you are not sure whether or not you need a lawyer, it is always a good idea to consult with one. A consultation is usually free, and it will give you a chance to learn more about your rights and options. Identifying the At-Fault Party One of the first steps in gathering evidence for your personal injury case is determining who was at fault…
Posted On Monday, 30 January 2023 13:17 Written by
I said last week I was going to try and share my thoughts on coaching and mentoring. For me, this is the single most overlooked area of our industry, and one that takes some time and effort to get ahead of. Far too many companies and managers just try and find skilled people and throw them into a position and expect things to just work out. While that may happen at some level, you are basically just allowing people to function as they have always functioned, but never really growing in experience and productivity because they continually just repeat what they already know. As the great Greg Frost has said “Being in the mortgage business for eight years doesn’t mean you have eight years’ experience, you likely have just repeated your first year in the business seven times!” I wanted to share my insights here and today we will see…
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