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About trenthamwhitmore

Salesperson, trainer, author, speaker, student and forever curious about what makes top performing salespeople so much more successful than their contempories.

“How’s Harry … And Is He Still Driving Around With That Rabbit In The Back Seat Of His Car?”

One of the golden rules of selling is that people buy people first.  We need to connect with our customers.  The majority of us do it by finding common interests; sports, music, hobbies or being from a certain local area … Continue reading

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„There is Always Something Beautiful About Every Signora“

As a young man I travelled around Europe for a number of years.  Each place I stayed I found work doing whatever I could to pay my bills and, on this basis I found myself selling leather goods to tourists … Continue reading

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Why It’s Critical to Celebrate Your Successes and Forget Your Losses – The Power of ‘Anchors’

When a colleague of mine won his biggest order to date, I asked what he was going to do to celebrate.  “Nothing,” he said, “I’m renovating my house and I’ll put the commission towards that.”  Too many salespeople do the … Continue reading

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How Not to Prospect for New Business!

Sometimes people in selling roles do the most incredible things.  You only have to watch any episode of The Apprentice where ideas/products/services are being pitched and within a couple of minutes maximum you’re subjected to toe-curling cringe-worthy errors and ‘must … Continue reading

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Stick or Twist?

Anyone who has a deck of cards has at some time or other played Twist (also known as 21).  In the game you are dealt two cards, add their totals and decide to ‘stick’ with what you’ve got or to … Continue reading

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How to Ensure ‘Beginning With The End In Mind’ Works For You, Not Against You

One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People is: Begin with the end in mind. In other words, do things in a way that will give you the best opportunity of achieving your desired outcome. And whilst Covey … Continue reading

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