How to Write a Professional LinkedIn Headline (With Examples)

When it comes to icebreakers, “describe yourself in three words” is by far one of the toughest. You’re a complex person, with unique ambitions, experiences, preferences, and traits – how are you possibly supposed to distill yourself down to three...
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19 ‘Thank You in Advance’ Alternatives That Are Far More Polite

Don’t end an email with “thank you in advance.” Many people find this phrase rude; after all, you’re assuming they’re going to do whatever you’ve requested – essentially taking away their right to say no. And it can also seem...
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The Secret to Asking Sales Questions Assertively, Not Aggressively

Questions are some of the most valuable tools in a salesperson’s arsenal. With a well-crafted inquiry, reps can open their prospect’s mind to a new possibility, compel them to action, discover relevant information, or secure buy-in for the next step....
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7 Creative LinkedIn Summary Examples to Help You Craft Your Own

Writing a LinkedIn summary is incredibly difficult – for everyone, but especially for salespeople. You’re not targeting recruiters and hiring managers; you’re appealing to buyers. That means on top of finding an interesting and genuine way to describe your professional...
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7 Steps to Getting Business From Friends

Cultivation through social prospecting makes sense, but it has a drawback. It can take a long time to get results. The solution is to have many prospects. Some will come around sooner, others later and some never. But what if...
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Is Cold Calling Dead? 17 New Prospecting Strategies Salespeople Should Use

Is cold calling dead? Let’s be honest. That answer is “No.” Cold calling used to be one of the best – and only – prospecting strategies salespeople could use. But in the past 40 years, a variety of more effective...
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12 Reasons You Still Do So Need to Prospect

Many agents and advisors think of prospecting as an ordeal to be survived, similar to pledge initiation week in fraternities. Once you are through you think: “Thank goodness I never have to do that again.” Wrong. New client acquisition needs...
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8 Questions That Keep Prospects Talking

When asked why salespeople don’t close more sales, a company president answered instantly, “They don’t ask enough questions.” He went on to add, “They’re so focused on getting prospects to buy they don’t engage them. That takes asking lots of...
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The Ten Commandments of Prospecting

If you had to pick one set of rules with staying power, the Ten Commandments tops the list. A second set of ten commandments, specifically written for prospecting, has come to light. More...
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