Whether you say, “I want to be a marketing consultant, too,” or just someone who
wants to get along with others, here are six tips that every influential person
has in their arsenal.
Clocks need to smile
Did you know that when you
take a picture with a clock or watch in it, the time should always be 1:10 or
Make people feel empowered
“Coffee or tea?” The waitress doesn’t really
care which drink you order. She just knows that phrasing the question properly
means she makes more money than if she asks, “Can I get you a drink?” Asking for
a decision between two options encourages a sale because the customer is more
inclined to buy one or the other than to decline. Yes or no questions (Can I get
you a drink?) allow the customer to choose between buying and not buying. A “no”
doesn’t get the waitress any bump up on the order amount and hence results in a
Remember their name – and its proper pronunciation
got an $8 million deal because I was able to pronounce “Valisilos” and an
equally hard last name correctly on the phone when leaving a voice-mail for the
fellow. At that point I’d never met him, but I was lucky enough to pronounce his
name correctly. I only found out later that my proper pronunciation had sealed
I personally can’t stand when people mispronounce my name. Say
my name right and you have a better shot at making me more interested in what
you have to say. And if you aren’t sure how to say it, ask! People appreciate
it. And they love the sound of their name too, as Dale Carnegie reminds us. But
if you pronounce it wrong, the opposite effect can happen.
vice-presidential debates in 2008, Sarah Palin knew that she was having a hard
time saying the name of vice president Joe Biden, calling him “O’Biden,”
confusing him with Obama’s name... So if you look at the first moment of the
debate, in the last election, you’ll see Palin ask Joe Biden, “Can I call you
Joe?” He should have said no. Then, when she’d fumbled with his name, it would
have given her negative points. He could have easily won the debate, as viewer
perception is the key issue and reason for a debate, no matter what your
political leanings. Aaah, the value of hindsight.
Don’t always be
available on a dime
While this is true for many business owners and
entrepreneurs, it’s valuable for consultants and professionals
especially. When your time is what you sell, being available on call all
the time sends a subconscious message of “I have no other clients besides you.
In fact, I’ve been sitting here twiddling my thumbs waiting for the phone to
ring!” Don’t always be available. There’s nothing wrong with telling them you’ll
be calling them back, or letting them leave a message. They’ll actually be
happier, more satisfied customers for it.
Write this next one down. Okay,
for this next one you’ll need a pen. Go get one before you read further. Again –
stop reading here and take out a pen. You didn’t? You just kept reading?
You see, this is something crucial to understanding human nature. People are
lazy, and you need to light a fire in them to push them over the cliff so they
can change their life for the better. Now, write that down.
the market’s media message triangle
Dan Kennedy, one of the granddaddies of
direct marketing, shows a three-pronged triangle with the corners labeled
markets, media and message.
You want to be in the center of that
Using the right message, persuasively crafted, will do wonders – but
only if the media is correct and the market is properly targeted. The best
swimming-pool installation ad will do poorly in the inner city. It would
probably do poorly if it was a billboard on the campus of the swim-o-phobia
institute for water nightmares. Pick a receptive market for your message and use
the proper media to reach them.
A receptive audience only means they want
what you’re selling – and not necessarily what you’d expect them to want. For
instance, put someone in a dental surgeon’s waiting room with no WiFi or
cellphone reception. A candy machine – even though eating candy is known to
cause tooth issues – would probably draw attention and buyers.
it is buyers who eat candy who often visit a dentist. The candy would
most likely appeal to those coming into the office, not those leaving it after
extensive dental work. Like I said, market, media and message matter.
then again, pharmacies sell cigarettes that kill… Does that make any sense to
you? But then again, many unhealthy people visit the pharmacy, when you think
Issamar Ginzberg is a business adviser,
marketer, professional speaker and rabbi who has been published in more than 50