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: ryansauers.com

Imagine a blank sheet of paper. It is fresh, clean, and crisp. We can do whatever we want with it. We can ball it up. We can scribble all over it. We can take notes. We can tear it in half. We can make a paper airplane. The possibilities are endless. The only limit is your imagination. Okay, so here we go. Imagine your business possibilities in a new way. In other words, think of whatever you are looking at with a "blank sheet of paper mindset."

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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