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What I am Doing In Africa

For Immediate Release
To Contact Connie Kadansky
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Connie Kadansky is traveling to Rwanda, in East Africa, July 12th to teach business development and speaking skills to women leaders and entrepreneurs in a program sponsored jointly by Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum and WomenforWealth.com, USA.

Kadansky, a Phoenix native, is founder and president of Exceptional Sales Performance, an international performance improvement company, specializing in new business development consulting and coaching. Connie has extensive training experience with diverse industries from food distribution, to financial services, to print media to solo entrepreneurs.

She was selected by WomenforWealth.com to join the Forum because of her diversity of experience and exceptional training ability in the area of sales and business development. “You can’t succeed in business development without the ability to sell, and this is an essential ingredient often overlooked by entrepreneurs around the world,” say WomenforWealth.com Co-Founder Elizabeth Uible.

The American Embassy in Rwanda has stated that this will be the first time an American group has gone down to present a conference for the Women in Parliament, something they’ve felt is long overdue. “We expect the results of this Entrepreneurship Conference for Women to have great ripple effects in terms of women starting businesses here, and a very positive impact on the economy in which the average income is $290 annually,” says Danny Stoian, Commercial Attache.

With regard to her trip, Kadansky says, “What I find so encouraging is the fact 49% of Rwanda’s legislature is composed of women – thus women are an integral part of the country’s reconstruction. This follows the country’s massive genocide of 1994, when more than 800,000 lives were lost in just 3 months.”

In addition to the international business training Kadansky will be doing in Rwanda, her stay at the WomenforWealth.com Retreat Center will include a menu of activities including trips to small villages and coffee plantations, a visit to the native Gorillas of “Gorillas in the Mist” fame, and social gatherings with Rwanda’s top political and business leaders. Also included will be Micro Lending site visits, where WomenforWealth.com has donated thousands to women to start businesses, and become self sufficient. “Women can start a thriving business for as little as $100, and when they pay the loan back it re-circulates to another woman,” says Co-Founder Uible. “I can’t think of a better way to create self sufficiency in the world! We’ve had so much interest that we are starting regular trips there with donors so that they can see and feel the outcome of their generosity.”

Those interested in helping the women of Rwanda through their micro-lending program may donate at WomenforWealth.com by clicking “make a donation” or by contacting its co-founder at Liz@WomenforWealth.com

Get Psyched Up to Make Prospecting Calls

Recently someone asked me "What do you recommend salespeople do to get mentally prepared to make their prospecting calls?" 

Great question.  Take quiet time every morning to review your long and short-term goals and dreams.  Prospecting takes discipline.  Discipline is simply remembering what you want!  Get emotionally connected to what is important to you first thing in the morning.  Review your business plan.  Review your vision board.  Begin with the end in mind.  Set your intentions for the day.

To mentally prepare for your prospecting activity remind yourself of the value you bring to your clients/customers.  How do you serve them?  How do you make a big difference in their lives and businesses?  For example, I serve people by helping them enjoy more career satisfaction, to develop deeper levels of confidence and make more money.  Let’s go deeper into career satisfaction.  When people experience more career satisfaction, they smile more and have fun. Therefore everyone around them has more fun.  The more fun they experience, the more positive energy they generate. When someone is having fun, they are more tolerant and less critical of themselves and others.  In essence, I help people feel better about themselves and others.  That is truly serving humanity!

When you are focused on being of service to people, you cannot be immersed in self-centered fears that keep you from initiating contact. 

Please share how you serve people.  Love to hear your comments!    

The reality: A salesperson’s inventory is their prospect list

Yes, a salesperson’s product is not their inventory.  It is their prospect list!  If a salesperson does not have an ever growing list of qualified prospects, they are living a miserable life on the edge of chronic inconsistency.

There are five (5) components to any sales model:

1.Identify prospects (true, qualified, targeted prospects)

2.Initiate Contact

3.Introduce Yourself, Your Product/Service

4.Inform (sales presentation)

5.Influence them to buy from you!

Most sales training programs focus on Step #4 — once the salesperson is in front of a qualified prospect.  This is an important step, however, unless a salesperson has the ability to get in front of qualified prospects, all their sales training is moot.

Many salespeople are not emotionally comfortable with prospecting because they have not developed the emotional skill to handle their feelings while prospecting.

There are four steps in overcoming Sales Call Reluctance:





Aware:  How do you know if you are experiencing Call Reluctance?  Take a look in your wallet!  That is where it shows up first.  Then take a look at your calendar.  How many appointments do you have with new buyers this week?  That is where call reluctance shows up — on your calendar.

Assess:  The SPQ Gold is the only assessment in the world that measures the 12 types of Sales Call Reluctance.  This is the current reality step!

Admit:  Sometimes this is the hardest step.  Admit that you have self-imposed limitations and beliefs that are keeping you from profitable prospecting.  Sometimes people are trapped by their pride and cling to their limited beliefs.  It is refreshing to take a deep breath and admit.

Apply:  Yes, the good news!  There are proven techniques to overcome Sales Call Reluctance.  There is no magic bullet. With a disciplined process you are on your way to consistently building your inventory of qualified prospects.

Connie Kadansky

Facilitator of Behavioral Change

SPQ Gold Sales Assessment

Did you know that the SPQ*Gold Assessment developed by George Dudley and Shannon Goodson is the only assessment in the world that measures Sales Call Reluctance?  This assessment has 21 different measurements and "telephobia" is only one of the 12 types of call reluctance.  Have you ever hired a call reluctance salesperson?  What was your experience?


So what it is about prospecting that even has veteran salespeople finding something else to do?  Could it be that they are experiencing Sales Call Reluctance?  Have you ever experienced the emotional hesitation to prospect?