Tag Archives: Sales

We have no control over how people review our service on the internet

9 May

I like to use this case study example to reflect the importance of the professionalism of a salesperson and some lessons I learnt.

I received a call from a hotel salesperson while I was driving, she mentioned that she found my contact from the internet and would like to promote her hotel seminar room training package to me.

I told her that at the moment I have no need for such package and I hang up the phone.

Moments later I received a notification from Google that someone had left a review on my Small Fish Business website and to my surprise, someone I don’t know had reviewed us with 1 ⭐️ with a comment of ‘bad service’.


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After I had reached my destination I quickly investigate who is this person and why she leave such comment. From the actual name stated on the review, we managed to identify who she is and to our bigger surprise is was the salesperson from the hotel who had called me earlier.

Coincidentally, my wife knew the GM of that hotel. She called the GM and logged a complaint report stated that if our company rejected a promotion call from your team member would that make us a ‘bad service’ company? and how do you judge our service with a 34sec call?


After understanding the actual situation, the GM apologies to us and promise he would have a word with his team and request his team member to take down the review.

Later in the afternoon, I then received an apologies SMS from the salesperson and I gladly accepted.


What lessons did you learn from this incident?

Can share your thought in the comment.

What I learn:

  1. It is never easy to be a salesperson, very often there will be plenty of ‘NO / Rejection’, so stay cool with it.
  2. If you have to say ‘NO’ to a seller, please also be courteous and friendly.
  3. We have no control over the internet on what others want to comment / review on your business.
  4. Business network is important, else it would be harder for us to make such a complaint if we don’t know the hotel GM.
  5. Don’t leave your actual real name when you talk bad about others on the internet 😜



Set the RIGHT Annual Sales Target in 5 minutes

27 Nov

Do you often hear #salespeople complain that their manager or company have no idea on how to set the RIGHT #SalesTarget for the team?

Or as a #entrepreneur#salesmanager yourself, you might also face such a problem, how do you set the RIGHT sales target for the company?

In this video, I’m going to share with you a simple margin strategy that you can learn in 5 minutes.

Download: http://bit.ly/2r6ZDI8



Sell Me This Pen

4 Sep

Often you heard people were tested with this sales phases: “Sell Me This Pen“, in the event of a sales training, conference or even an interview for a sales position.

And you can see the participant is doing his/her best to sell the pen back to the person who is handling the pen to him/her.

Very often, you would find many of them did it all wrong.

So what is the magic behind this sales technique?

How do we actually sell this pen? (or just any product)

Here we are going to break down the sales process and reveal the magic behind the curtain.

CEO: Do me a favor, sell me this pen. (reaches across to hand me the pen)

Me: (I slowly roll the pen between my index and thumb fingers.) When was the last time you used a pen?

CEO: This morning.

Me: Do you remember what kind of pen that was?

CEO: No.

Me: Do you remember why you were using it to write?

CEO: Yes. Signing a few new customer contracts.

Me: Well I’d say that’s the best use for a pen (we have a subtle laugh).

Wouldn’t you say signing those new customer contracts is an important event for the business? (nods head) Than shouldn’t it be treated like one. What I mean by that is, here you are signing new customer contracts, an important and memorable event. All while using a very unmemorable pen.

We grew up, our entire lives, using cheap BIC pens because they get the job done for grocery lists and directions. But we never gave it much thought to learn what’s best for more important events.

This is the pen for more important events. This is the tool you use to get deals done. Think of it as a symbol for taking your company to the next level. Because when you begin using the right tool, you are in a more productive state of mind, and you begin to sign more new customer contracts.

Actually. You know what? Just this week I shipped ten new boxes of these pens to Elon Musk’s office.

Unfortunately, this is my last pen today (reach across to hand pen back to CEO). So, I suggest you get this one. Try it out. If you’re not happy with it, I will personally come back next week to pick it up. And it won’t cost you a dime.

What do you say?

CEO: (picks jaw up off floor)  Yes.

See how simple that was. The CEO loved it. Why?

Because all four sales skills were displayed.

Here’s the simple sales framework I used to answer “sell me this pen”. Memorize it for yourself.

  1. Find out how they last used a pen (gather info)
  2. Emphasize the importance of the activity they last used a pen (respond to info)
  3. Sell something bigger than a pen, like a state of mind (deliver info)
  4. Ask for the buy (closing)

Does that make sense? Yes. Ok, good.



Remember, it’s not about actually selling a pen. It’s about showing how well you can sell a product.






11 – 让客户说YES

5 Dec
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10 – 您要付现金,还是信用卡?

28 Nov

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标题: 您要付现金,还是信用卡?










因此,她一开始就不断问我选择性的问题,比如”要休闲还是上班装?”,”要蓝色或白色?”,”要钮扣还是袖口?”, 直到最后的”要付现金还是信用卡?”。她一直都把我设在她的销售模式里头。由此可见,销售模式对一位销售员来说是何其的重要。


Small Fish Conquering the Big Pond || www.smallfishidea.com

7 Aug

Small Fish Conquering the Big Pond

Small Fish Conquering The Big Pond

– Simple and Remarkable Ways to Improve Your Marketing Results in a Competitive Environment

After almost a year of preparation, my first book is now ready to be published.

The content of Small Fish Conquering The Big Pond is about marketing, the reason I choose the title of  ‘Small Fish’ is because many local SMEs are like small fishes – swimming and striving to survive at an unknown business environment (the Big Pond).

In this book I am going to share some creative ideas and concepts about marketing, something which a business owners could easily apply. The marketing ideas would be simple buy remarkable to improve your marketing results.

Hope you enjoy reading it!!