We have all been there: Something bad has happened (personally or professionally) and you have to inform your boss or a friend about it. Two things come to your mind: 1) You don’t know how to say it and overthink it. Or, 2) You just spill it out without thinking about the consequences. But did you know there’s a third way to deliver bad news in a ‘good’ way?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of knowing how to deliver information but more specifically how to deliver bad news. They mention that the importance of communicating the bad news is critical, as people’s reactions will depend on this. The duo advise that one of the best things you can do is to manage the impact and acknowledge that something went wrong and the damage caused, but most importantly, to have a solution or solutions ready to go.

They also highlight that as a sales person you not only have to be prepared for bad things to happen but you also need to be ready to perform during a moment of crisis. An understanding that everyone takes bad news differently, will help you to develop your communication abilities and come up with more creative solutions.

Do you want to know what the two key factors are that will make you be better at delivering bad news? Listen till the end of this podcast to find out, you can’t miss this one!

The challenges that media sales people face in today’s environment are not the same as they were five, 10 or 20 years ago. So, as the media landscape evolves, so do the questions you make to your clients.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the importance of always asking the right questions, but also they invite you to challenge your questions as a media sales person and refresh them constantly. The duo discuss how things go awry in sales. Sales people don’t just fall off a cliff, but gradually downward spiral, for example missing targets more frequently, which may trigger confidence and in turn make the situation worse. These things happen over time and are actually because you can get a bit rusty at what you’re doing, therefore it is important to know your client and the market but also change with them.

If you want to know how to stay up-to-date with the sales and the market environment, this is an episode you can’t miss, tune in now!

Do you remember the last time that you bought a product just because a celebrity endorsed it? And can you tell if you are being persuaded or influenced?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Russell Stephenson is joined again by the director and owner of Frontier Performance Pancho Mehrotra to talk about persuasion and implements in sales. They discuss the differences between persuasion and influence and give advice to sales people about the importance of understanding your own thinking in order to influence and persuade others and improve your sales.

The duo also talk about the mistakes that sales people make when they focus on “sales tactics” rather than building the self of that person so he or she can learn (among other things) how to react under pressure or how to improve their communication skills. Pancho mentions that this is one of the big challenges in sales nowadays, but also says that if you want to improve your sales and learn how to be more persuasive and influential in your role, this is something that can be learned and trained and definitely can be mastered with experience.

If you want to learn how to influence more and persuade better, this is an episode that you can’t miss. Tune in now!

There are many ways to improve relationships with your clients but probably one of the most enjoyable are the cocktail parties, lunches and dinners with them. Many people, however, see them as a way to get free drinks and they are missing out on what hosting and entertaining a client actually means.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Phillip Tarrant director of Momentum Media, joins Russell Stephenson to talk about the importance of entertaining your clients when hosting a party or event. Phillip mentions that this is an ability and a skillset that needs to be developed, and emphasises the fact that it is not solely about having a couple of drinks with your clients and being friends for a night, but it’s about being professional and being mindful of your ‘why’.

He also says that as the host in these types of events, you’re the brand ambassador of your business, therefore you have to make sure your clients are having a good experience, and that you understand the benefits of this, and most importantly you do not lose focus of what’s going on , especially if you’re a new media sales person. The pair also talk about the importance of networking in these parties, what’s the objective of them and what it is that you want to achieve in order to control the outcome of these events.

If you want to know more, this episode is definitely a must listen! Tune in now!

Working from home looks like it will be the new normal. However, like everything in life, there are pros and cons. A lot of people can feel more focused while working from home while others can feel less motivated. Whatever the case is, the reality is that business nowadays will have to adapt to this new hybrid working environment.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the advantages and disadvantages of working remotely. They discuss how to stay motivated in a home office environment, especially for sales people when most of them are used to the buzz of the sales floor.

On the other hand, they also discuss how working from home can help people to be more self disciplined, as by default you can no longer rely on your colleagues to keep you accountable. Working remotely can build a deep sense of responsibility and this can help you to perform better and hit your sales targets for the year.

Do you want to know how to manage your time better? Or do you wonder how the year ahead is going to look for your business and your sales in this new hybrid working landscape? You can’t miss this episode, tune in now!

Dealing with competition is always challenging. But in the media sales industry it’s particularly hard when that “competition or competitor” you’re dealing with has a “win-lose” mentality.

Usually there’s a level of mutual respect between like-minded competitors and they recognise that bad mouthing, sledging and casting aspersions on the integrity of the material they are putting out doesn’t benefit anyone. But what should you do when a competitor fights below the belt? What if they don’t have the level of respect and integrity that you expect?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson talk about the bad practices that tend to come from certain organisations in the media sales industry. They also share the key attributes of successful media sales people who best handle these types of situations. This is an episode that you can’t miss.