7 Things Smart People Don’t Say

Here is an interesting Blog post again from Tenfold.

Its Sales Coaching Advice: 7 Things Smart Salespeople Don’t Say.

I likes this post not because its specific to Sales People, but because its is good advice overall.

The 7 things Smart People Don’t Say are

  1. “It Wasn’t Me” – Don’t pass the blame, or point out other peoples mistakes.  Provide a solution to the problem.
  2. “I Hate This Job” – This is something I need to take heed. You may think it, but don’t say it. Brush your resume off and look for something new. BTW, my linked in profile is here 😉
  3. “He/She Shouldn’t Have Done It Like That” – Analyzing someone else’s performance isn’t bad, but if you have nothing constructive to add, then it takes away morale. In these situations, its better to say nothing at all.
  4. “I’ll Try” – As Yoda says, “Do or do not, there is no Try”. Just give it your best effort.
  5. “This question is probably dumb, but…” – The only stupid question is the one that goes unasked. Also, don’t discourage people from asking questions by saying it is a stupid question. Better they ask and get straight then hold their mouth and be ignorant.
  6. “But that is how we’ve always done it!” – This is one of the most destructive phrases for innovation. It kills ideas. All this phrase does is promote stagnation and mediocrity.
  7. “Life Isn’t Fair” – No kidding. Get over it, under it, around it or straight through it. Try to overcome the problems and challenges.

Again, good advice from our friends at Tenfold.

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