Perception IS Reality

Ryan T. Sauers is the president of Sauers Consulting Strategies. The firm consults with the front end of printing and related organizations across the U.S. Key focus areas include: sales growth, brand positioning, organizational communications, organizational strategy, and integrated marketing. Sauers is a national speaker and writes feature articles in global publications. He is also an adjunct university professor teaching leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship to business leaders. Sauers has been recognized as a thought leader in human behavior. He is a Certified Myers Briggs and DiSC Practitioner, as well as a Certified Marketing Executive. He is working on his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and will achieve certification in Emotional Intelligence later this year. Sauers is author of the best-selling books: "Everyone is in Sales" and "Would You Buy from You?" Visit:

There are certain business principles that are timeless in nature. This week's post overviews a few of them with a short video. They help remind us of some key concepts to remember when we are trying to grow our business the right way.

As I have been giving speeches in recent weeks, I have opened my remarks with the following statement. I ask the audience to reflect upon two words that are not that different in appearance, but quite different in meaning. The two words are UNTIE and UNITE. The printing/related industries epitomize what the word UNITE is all about. We are diverse and we embrace it.

In teaching a university-level class, I was exposed to a great book by Laurie Beth Jones titled "Jesus, Entrepreneur." I am going to take one idea from the book and elaborate on it here. To me, this idea made me think of communications and decision making in a new light. Let’s discuss the "SHALT" rule.

Do you want to sell more? Do you desire to be more successful? Do you want to communicate more effectively? Then you have to become a great listener. Yes, that is right. We must learn to quit talking and start listening. If you have lost sight of the importance of listening, let’s review.

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