Equipment Trader

What Makes a Great Equipment Sales System?

In a previous lifetime, I was a high school football coach where I learned that you only win if you take a systematic approach to training, coaching, and playing. Those early experiences led me to a mantra that… Read More

6 Tips for Taking the Lead in Equipment Sales

Success in equipment sales often comes down to small actions that place your dealership just ahead of the competition. Yet while the actions are small, the return in sales can be huge, which is why I refer to… Read More

Ability & Attitude: Qualities of the Most Successful Salespeople

As part of my sales-consulting and dealership-training work, I often interview candidates for job positions in equipment sales and management. In fact, I interview over 50 candidates every year, and – just like the insurance commercial says –… Read More

Striking Gold: Cultivating Your Top Customers for Continued Success

The California Gold Rush may have ended over 160 years ago, but there is still gold to be found among your own customers. Every time I give a seminar or consult for a dealership, I’m asked, “What’s the… Read More

Sea of Opportunity: Tips for Organizational Networking

Here’s a fun fact: bottlenose dolphins and “false-killer whales” (which happen to look like orcas) are distinct species, but often form interspecies “super-pods” to coordinate hunting, with dolphins eating first and making way for the false-killers to prey… Read More

10 Tips for Building the Best Equipment Dealership Team

I get phone-calls and emails almost weekly from new commercial equipment salespeople. Many of them are near the end of a three- or six-month draw against commission and are looking for answers on how to survive when their… Read More

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Establish Local Partnerships

In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think… Read More

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Create Referral Programs

In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think… Read More

Warming Up Our Cold Calls

As the Fall season begins, soon we will be feeling a chill in the air and warming up with heavy coats and cups of hot chocolate or coffee (possibly pumpkin-spiced). However, warming up your cold calls should be…

Forgotten Talents: Key Traits to Look for When Hiring at Your Dealership

Managers will often tell me about the “talent” and “potential” they see in an applicant or new hire. If that talent and potential work out, that’s great, but…

10 Tips for Creating an Ideal Sales Day

It can be easy to look at an Ideal Sales Day Schedule in a vacuum, and think that it’s easy. In fact, it takes a lot of work and strategic planning to consistently put together a string of ideal sales days that add up to…

An Ideal Sales Day vs. A Typical Day

Is there such a thing as a typical day for a commercial sales consultant? Maybe not, but there absolutely are certain priorities and actions that can make a day ideal for a dealership. A commercial salesperson’s…