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Bill Farquharson

The Sales Challenge

By Bill Farquharson

About Bill

As a 30 year sales veteran, Bill has the perspective of a been-there, done-that sales rep in the commercial print arena. Following sales fundamentals and giving unapologetically "old school" advice, he writes and speaks in an entertaining fashion to make his points to sales people and owners who sell. "Bill Farquharson will drive your sales momentum."


Planting the Sales Seed

July is way, way too early to be talking about and making plans for the holidays. Or is it? Read a sales idea from Bill Farquharson in this week’s blog.  Read More >>

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The Problem Gremlin

He lives in your shop. He is in your computer. He rides the UPS truck. He does everything he can to make your life miserable and there’s nothing you can do about it. And if that’s not a great intro to a blog...  Read More >>

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The Showstopping Question; Integrity

In the middle of a conversation, I asked a question that seemed to make the planet stop spending. It came out of me so fast, that I couldn’t stop it. But I stopped long enough to write down what happened and what followed and what I said and it’s in this week’s blog.  Read More >>

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You’ve Failed! Well Done!

Hey! I heard you embarrassed yourself on the phone today. This after screwing up that appointment yesterday. That’s good work, rookie. You are on your way to sales stardom! Read more in this week’s blog by Bill Farquharson.  Read More >>

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Beating Call Reluctance

If you are sweating already just reading the TITLE of this blog, this blog is for you! Follow Bill Farquharson’s advice and silence that voice in your head that tells you to be scared of cold calling.  Read More >>

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A Simple Act of Selling

At the end of this day, consider how many casual conversations you had and think about how many times you could have handed someone a business card and said, “Who does your printing? Packaging? Labels? Signage?” Whatever. You should be giving away cards the way Andrew Carnagie gave away libraries.  Read More >>

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You Need a Vacation!

A blog on how to go on vacation? Really? Yes, really! Not that he follows his own advice, but Bill Farquharson has lots of it when it comes to getting your rest.  Read More >>

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Help Wanted: Will Work for Resumé

Need an extra pair of hands around the shop? In this week’s blog, Bill Farquharson has an idea for you. By employing an Intern for either the summer or year-round, you get an extra pair of hands to attack the tasks that otherwise would not get done. The Intern earns a little cash and gets some business experience. Sweet!  Read More >>

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Do Twice as Much Listening Than Talking

You are a fascinating person, one who tells amazingly interesting stories. The world is anxious to hear your thoughts and opinions. But not today.  Read More >>

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Applying Bucket List Thinking in Sales

How’s your prospecting going? Is it in balance or is the ship lilted to one side? In this week’s blog by Bill Farquharson, the concept of equality is introduced and an exercise that will help you take your new business pulse.  Read More >>

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How to Write a Wicked Good Blog

How can you NOT read a blog titled, “5 Things to Say to a Printer If You Want to Get Your A$$ Kicked?” Writing a good blog is the easy part. Getting people to read it? That’s a trick. It’s also the subject of this week’s piece from Bill Farquharson.  Read More >>

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Trust Me. I’m in Sales.

How does one sell trustworthiness? If you are approaching a new client, trust is a must if you want to get in the door. Salespeople don’t exactly have the best reputation for this kind of thing, which makes it all the more difficult. Learn how to build trust in this week’s blog by the trusty Bill Farquharson.  Read More >>

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What Dogs Can Teach Us About Sales

The model sales rep might be at your feet already. Dogs are born salespeople and we can learn a lot from watching their approach. That’s the subject of this week’s blog from Bill Farquharson.  Read More >>

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What Would You Recommend?

So you think you want to be a Sales Coach, eh? You think you’ve got what it takes to dole out valuable advice? In this week’s blog, Bill Farquharson outlines a selling situation and asks for YOUR advice.  Read More >>

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Your Price Is Too High

An appropriate blog for the day, and one of the all-time favorite sales stories that Bill Farquharson has in his arsenal.  Read More >>

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Customer Service in the 'Mom' World

If only we could all live by the mantra, “What would mom have us do?” Life would be easier. We would all take naps. And customer service, the subject of this week’s blog by Bill Farquharson, would be an awful lot better.  Read More >>

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The Non-Salesperson Salesperson

Don't be afraid to say to someone, “I am not a salesperson.” If you are a good listener and ask good questions, if you have good follow-up and are detail oriented, and if you are not afraid of rejection, you can succeed as a non-salesperson’s salesperson.  Read More >>

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Your Miranda Sales Rights

Have you read your prospect his or her Miranda Sales Rights? Good. Don't. Learn how to use what a client says to your vantage in this week's blog by Bill Farquharson.  Read More >>

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How to Make Five Calls a Day

"Anyone can make five sales calls a day. Anyone." Those words would come back to haunt Bill Farquharson, as discussed in this week's blog.  Read More >>

The Sales of the Walking Dead

Your future business will come from three sources: Your top 10 customers, your top 10 prospects, and The Dead Pool. Read this week's blog by Bill Farquharson to learn more about this third source.  Read More >>

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