Selling In The Dog Days Of Summer!

Summer is here and for many sales people that means it’s time to “kick-back”. Does everyone really go on vacation at the same time? You know that’s simply not true. “Yes, many people do take vacation in July and August, but they also take vacation in January and February and selling doesn’t stop then!

This nobody’s around attitude reminds me of the sales representative who was trying to pick the best day of the week to prospect. “Monday folks are just getting back from the weekend, Tuesdays not good because things get into full swing and everyone’s in meetings all day, Wednesday is bad because its hump day, Thursday’s awful because folks are pushing to get everything done so they can cut out early on Friday. And Friday, nobody’s around!”

If you perceive there is nobody around, you are setting yourself up for a negative self-fulfilling outcome and your production will drop. Think like a business owner this summer and leverage your talent and make a name for yourself.

If you’re on a team let your management know you are thinking like a business person and you and have some ideas on how to make this summer a great sales success. Start a weekly “Summer Sizzle Group”. Encourage your management to fire up a special contest for July and August and have a prospecting contest and make it fun.

Do some research and identify three unique challenges the summer months bring to your prospects and figure out how your products and services can help. While researching, also discover three opportunities that your prospects can take advantage of in the summer months. Then call your prospects and give them the great news. Overall, you want to show them you are a thinker and you have some fantastic ideas about how they can grow and become more competitive.

Smoke your competition and leave them in the dust! Become a smart business executive and leverage the fact that your competition might kick-back this summer. Set personal activity and sales goals for yourself and try to exceed your all time best effort.

Finally, to solidify your success mindset, tell everyone that July and August are a sales professionals dream come true and then set out to prove it!


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