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June 19, 2019

Why Being Yourself at Work is Your Secret Weapon

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Why Being Yourself at Work is Your Secret Weapon

Why be average in business when you can be authentic? If you ask us, average is overrated, and the importance of being yourself far outweighs fitting the mold. True authenticity allows you to shine. You set yourself up for opportunity. You surprise people. You’re memorable. You’re relatable. You’re happier. You get to create your own unique story. Ultimately, you thrive.

 

Let’s take a look at a few specific ways that being yourself at work can be your very own secret weapon in your growing career.

 

Being yourself is a powerful way to attract the right people. When you are transparent with your intentions and open about your goals, it’s easier to find people who are aligned with your vision. In building a team, this minimizes turnover and ensures that you are spending your time and energy with the right people.

 

Authenticity is crucial in winning hearts and minds. When you’re true to yourself as a leader, you stick to your principles no matter the time, place, or circumstance. For the most part, you behave the same in your professional capacity as you do in your personal life. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. Your consistency, trustworthiness, and strength of character make people want to follow you.

Openness and transparency are qualities that make you magnetic as a leader. Your team members want to know that you’re fallible, like they are, and that you can admit to your mistakes. Click To Tweet

There is power in vulnerability. Openness and transparency are qualities that make you magnetic as a leader. Your team members want to know that you’re fallible, like they are, and that you can admit to your mistakes. They want the assurance that you’re in this together; and by being yourself, you show them that you are. Not only does your realness earn you the respect of your team members, but it inspires them to make mistakes and keep going too.

Whether or not you’re in a ‘sales’ role in the traditional sense of the word, sincerity is the most effective way to convince another person to act. Click To Tweet

Being genuine is essential to being persuasive. Whether or not you’re in a ‘sales’ role in the traditional sense of the word, sincerity is the most effective way to convince another person to act. Many salespeople believe they have to speak in a special tone of voice or adopt a sugary demeanor to be effective – but it’s exactly the opposite. Customers hate a cliché sales pitch – and they can tell when you’re not comfortable in your own skin. Being your (professionally mannered) self reduces skepticism and allows for natural conversation to flow, which in turn, sets the stage for a sale.

 

When you’re comfortable being yourself, you’re less sensitive to the opinions of others. While you appreciate the well-intentioned advice of your loved ones, you don’t feel the need to please everyone. You have the confidence to make tough decisions about what’s best for your future – even if those decisions are unpopular with your family members and friends. The ability to follow your own path is a super power that will take you far in your career.

 

Being yourself increases positivity. Why? Well, firstly, because embracing your individuality just feels good! It is incredibly freeing to stop trying to be someone you’re not. But secondly, instead of wasting your precious energy trying to fit in, you get to focus on building a life that has meaning to you. Tackling your authentic “why,” rather than emulating what’s popular, gives you purpose. This purpose transcends whatever bumps you face along the road and inspires you to get back on the horse after facing a setback. When you’re honest with yourself about what you really want in life and you’re actively taking steps to achieve your goals, you can’t help but to be .

 

Do you have a story about how being yourself at work has paid off in your own career? Tweet us at @Cydcor. We’d love to hear it!

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

June 5, 2019

Cydcor Celebrates 25 Year History of Growth

Since 1994, Cydcor has been delivering outstanding customer acquisition results for clients. The company has come a long way since its founding, earning well-known clients, growing its team, evolving its business strategy and service offerings, and perfecting a vibrant corporate culture that is second to none. And Cydcor is just getting started!

In the Beginning

Cydcor, which started with a small network of just six independently owned sales companies, employing 140 sales representatives, now boasts a sales network of more than 375 independent sales companies that covers 38 states and seven Canadian provinces.

Industry Leader

Winning its first major client in 1995, Cydcor now represents some of the most recognized and fastest growing names in telecommunications, cable, internet, office supplies, energy, and more. Cydcor has been repeatedly recognized as a sales leader by clients, raking in dozens of industry awards for outstanding performance and exceptional customer acquisition, market share, and revenue results year after year.

Infographic tracing Cydcor's 25 year history of success.
Cydcor, achieving results for clients since 1994.

Unique Corporate Culture

Keeping pace with its rapid growth, Cydcor has relocated several times, finally settling into a custom-designed 40,000sq foot, state of the art headquarters in Agoura Hills, CA in 2014. The vibrant work space lives up to Cydcor’s rich corporate culture, built around “The Behaviors We Value,” and Cydcor’s mission to provide opportunities for its team members and clients. From development opportunities and training to social events and health and wellness resources, Cydcor ensures team members have what they need to help them thrive physically, financially, and professionally. This dedication to supporting its team is the reason Cydcor has been named nine times as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Helping Others

Cydcor prides itself on being a “people helping people” business, and its commitment to corporate philanthropy has remained a cornerstone of the company’s corporate values as well. Together with its network of independently owned sales companies, Cydcor has helped raise nearly $1,000,000 for Operation Smile, which provides free, life-changing surgeries to children around the globe suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate conditions. Cydcor also encourages team members to support their communities by offering one paid volunteer day a year as well as many other company-sponsored philanthropic opportunities.

Cydcor prides itself on being a “people helping people” business, and its commitment to corporate philanthropy has remained a cornerstone of the company’s corporate values. Click To Tweet

Cydcor Today

Cydcor continues to grow at breakneck speeds, consistently outperforming itself, and proving time and time again why it deserves its reputation as a leader in outsourced sales and marketing. In recent years, Cydcor has continued to evolve and boasts a fully tech-enabled team, expanded service offerings, and new customer acquisition channels to build on Cydcor’s foundation of in-person sales.

In just 25 years, Cydcor has seen astounding growth and success, and you won’t believe what Cydcor does next!

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We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

May 22, 2019

How to Manage Your Email Inbox

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How to Manage Your Email Inbox

You’re not alone if you have a love/hate relationship with email. As much as we’ve come to rely on it for efficient communication, no one enjoys an overwhelming pileup of messages to read. Thankfully, learning how to manage your email inbox can be quite simple. Let’s start by taking a look at the six inbox management tips listed below.

 

  1. First thing’s first

It’s 9am. You sit down at your desk, power up your computer, and you’re greeted with three dozen new emails. What should you do? Should you start at the top and just work your way down? Should you pick up where you left off yesterday? No and no.

The best way to tackle your inbox in the morning is to start by opening emails from a specific set of people. In most cases, this will be your manager or a small list of high-priority business associates. Though it may require some will power, leave all of your other messages unread until you’ve at least taken preliminary action (more on this in #2) on what’s most important.

The best way to tackle your inbox in the morning is to start by opening emails from a specific set of people. Click To Tweet
  1. Sort and schedule like a pro

Do not use your inbox in place of a schedule or to do list. We repeat. Do not use your inbox in place of a schedule or to do list. This widely used practice is one of the main reasons that so many people struggle to control their inboxes.

Instead, think of checking your email as a time to get organized. Start by creating a sorting system that allows you to easily keep track of your emails by either subject matter or priority level. Then, come up with a plan for swiftly tackling new messages. If a response will take you two minutes or less, go ahead and handle it right away. But, if a new email requires more extensive action on your part, move it to its respective folder, and block out time on your calendar to handle it.

 

  1. Master the art of the subject line

One of the easiest ways to simplify the sorting process, and in turn, control your inbox, is to use descriptive subject lines. For example, instead of the ambiguous title, “Question,” write, “Question About XYZ Project.” This way, when you get a response, you won’t have to open the email to remember what the exchange was about. Not only will this make it faster to sort your messages, but it will also ensure that the email is easily discoverable if you’re searching for it again later.

 

  1. Deal with subscriptions ruthlessly

Another simple way to manage inbox clutter is to simply reduce what’s cluttering it. This starts with the obvious: hitting the “unsubscribe” button. While it might seem faster to archive or delete promotional emails as they come in, it’s better to avoid future distractions altogether by yanking weeds from the root.

As for the subscriptions that you actually want to receive, set up a dedicated email for this very purpose—one that’s safe to check much less frequently. Use this email address for social media notifications, newsletters, online shopping, or in any instance where you expect to receive follow-ups, such as when making a donation or engaging in a political cause.

Another simple way to manage inbox clutter is to simply reduce what’s cluttering it. This starts with the obvious: hitting the “unsubscribe” button. Click To Tweet
  1. Separate church and state

Speaking of reducing distractions, you’ll make your life much easier by using each of your email accounts solely for their intended purposes. While this sounds obvious, many people, especially the self-employed, end up intermingling their communications. The result is a daunting “Unread” number and an unnecessarily long sorting process. Keep things simple by using your work email strictly for work. Don’t share it with your friends or family, and never use it to subscribe to anything, unless it’s truly necessary to do your job.

 

  1. Do a weekly cleanse

Even if you do a phenomenal job staying on top of your emails, it’s a great idea to dedicate time each week to dealing with messages that might have slipped through the cracks. Many people like to do this at the end of the week so they can start the following week fresh. Schedule an hour on Friday, or however long you need, to delete, archive, unsubscribe, sort, schedule, or respond to whatever remains in your inbox.

 

Did we miss any of your go-to inbox management tips? Tweet us @Cydcor and let us know how you manage your email inbox!

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

 

May 8, 2019

Take Back Your Time with Time Tracking

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Take Back Your Time With Time Tracking

We all wish we had more hours in the day; that’s pretty much universal. After all, time is a finite resource and once it’s gone it never comes back again. How can you make sure you’re making the most of the 6,720 waking minutes you get a week? Time tracking! That’s right, tracking your time is an invaluable tool to help you maximize your productivity and help you craft the ideal life for yourself.

Time tracking isn’t a new phenomenon. But have you ever tried it for yourself? Looking at how, when and where you devote time and energy can give you an objective view of your days and a baseline from which to make positive adjustments.

 

Choose Your Time Buckets

Designate different categories―or buckets―for tasks you perform throughout the day. For example, they may have headers like Client Meetings, Administrative, Professional Development, Fun, Relationships, Distractions and so on. Aim to have no more than ten different time buckets. This will help to give you a strong and easy-to-digest data format to work from while you are tracking your time. Also, be sure to record how exactly you are spending your time within those buckets. It helps to know that the specific thing you were doing in the Relationships time bucket last week was making dinner with your partner.

 

Envision Your Ideal Schedule

Next plot out how much time you would ideally like to devote to each of your categories by percentage. If career growth is a big goal of yours, you may want to devote a larger percentage of your time each week to your professional development time bucket than you currently are. If you are looking to increase your sales number, maybe you add a bit more to your client meetings time bucket. Remember, this schedule should represent what you want your life to look like, not how your time is currently spent. Turn this data into a spread sheet so it can be transformed into a pie chart. (It’s helps to have visual aids when time tracking!)

 

Track that Time

There’s no one right way to track time. Rather, you need to find an approach that works for you. You can simply jot your records down in a pocket notebook, or you can use a high-tech solution like the app Toggl. It really depends on what your personal preference is. You also need to decide when you are going to track your time. Some people find it easiest to check in every hour or 15 minutes. Some prefer to log the exact time they start a task and then when they switch to another task. Again, find what works for you. The most important thing is to make tracking your time a habit, so find an approach you feel you can stick with. Remember to be honest with yourself. Your data is only as good as it is thorough. Track you time for at least two weeks to a month. This will help account for any normal day-to-day fluctuations.

Many people who track their time find that doing so makes them more accountable for their actions. Click To Tweet

Analyze

After you finish the time tracking period you decided on at the start, it’s time to dig into all that important data you unearthed. You can also make a pie graph out of this data to compare against your ideal. What you find may be surprising. Everyone is different, but there are some common time tracking insights that you may see in your own life. They include:

  • Multi-tasking Myth The multi-tasking myth has been well established. We can’t actually do more than one thing at once. Well-meaning attempts at multi-tasking can sometimes mean that no single task ever gets your full attention. By focusing on one task at a time, we can usually work more efficiently.
  • Hidden Time Though multi-tasking has been largely debunked, there are ways to double up your time. If you have down time in your commute that doesn’t require focus, you can use that time to listen to an audio book and thereby fill two time buckets.
  • Accountability Many people who track their time find that doing so makes them more accountable for their actions. It’s easy to notice, once you start writing it down, that you spend an hour scrolling through social media sites every evening before bed. Once you start to come to these sorts of realizations, it can help you become more mindful of how you spend your time.
  • Golden Hours You may very well find that there are hours of the day when you are generally more productive or―conversely―more prone to distraction. Knowing when you’re at your peak during your golden hours is useful when you plan out your schedule for the day.

 

Placing your time tracking data side-by-side with what you envision as your ideal time management structure will give you a solid understanding of how you spend the limited amount of time that you have each week. This baseline knowledge is helpful in moving yourself in a positive direction and achieving your life goals.

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedInInstagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

 

April 24, 2019

5 Advantages of Direct Selling in the B2B Channel

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5 Advantages of Direct Selling in the B2B Channel
  1. Time is money

Let’s face it, businesspeople are busy! With packed schedules and to-do lists a mile long, they often don’t have time to research new office supply vendors or stay up to date on the latest telecom deals. They also don’t have time for a complicated sales process that takes their attention away from running their businesses.

Business-to-business sales representatives solve both of these problems. They are able to efficiently educate business owners about specific products and services, leaving out superfluous details and highlighting what might be of real use. Then, with a high sense of urgency and an underlying respect for the customer’s time, customers are able to sign sales agreements on the spot.

 

  1. Consulting versus selling

Skilled B2B sales representatives do much more than their titles suggest. Rather than simply peddling products and services, they serve as trained consultants with an eye for increasing profits. Sitting down with a customer face to face, they are able to ask open-ended questions and suggest solutions that will increase efficiency or provide bottom-line cost savings.

Interactions between B2B reps and their customers tend to be discussions about strategy, rather than one party “pitching” another. For example, armed with product and industry knowledge, an in-person sales representative might help a business owner determine whether breaking an existing contract might be advantageous in the long-run.

Marketers’ attempts to reach a commercial market are all the more likely to be ignored. As a result, many business owners remain in the dark about the products and services that might actually be of value to them. Click To Tweet
  1. Creating awareness

Everyone is bombarded on a daily basis with phone calls and emails – but businesspeople get the brunt of it. This means that marketers’ attempts to reach a commercial market are all the more likely to be ignored. As a result, many business owners remain in the dark about the products and services that might actually be of value to them.

It’s easy for business owners and their employees to screen telemarketers and delete promotional emails. But turning away a friendly human being visiting their place of business is different. By connecting face-to-face, not only do sales reps capture the attention of busy businesspeople, they also get them thinking about cost-saving or revenue-enhancing opportunities that might not have been on their priority lists.

 

  1. A customized buying process

As a whole, business owners are thoughtful, intelligent, and inquisitive people. They shoulder great responsibility and are accustomed to weighing decisions carefully. This is why a knowledgeable sales representative can be extremely helpful. Sales reps are able to guide their customers through the buying process — answering questions, addressing concerns, and adapting to the pace of the customer. Ultimately, they are able to provide any information or assurances a business owner requires to make a confident decision.

Furthermore, even in today’s digital age, most businesses are accustomed to conducting business face-to-face – which makes this form of outsourced sales a natural fit. The right B2B sales team is professional in appearance and demeanor and is able to effectively connect with their customers in their own place of business.

As with any channel, relationships built in person are the most authentic and long-lasting. Click To Tweet
  1. Relationships 101

Last, but certainly not least, direct sales is effective in the B2B channel because as with any channel, relationships built in person are the most authentic and long-lasting. Nothing can replace eye contact, a firm handshake, and a shared laugh.

Interacting face to face ensures an optimized customer experience, which business owners appreciate more than anyone. After a positive, completely customized interaction with a brand, everyone from mom-and-pop shop owners to the heads of large corporations can’t help but to become loyal customers.

Do you agree that direct sales is an effective revenue-driver in the B2B channel? Do you know more advantages of direct selling? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Tweet us @Cydcor and tell us what you think.

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

April 10, 2019

Sales Skills to Help Advance Your Career Path

If you’re interested in a job in sales, developing and nurturing skills to catapult your career can help you achieve your career advancement goals. Whether these fall under the umbrella of growing in task-oriented skills or getting to know your strengths, below we show you “the road” to standing out as a leader in your respective role.

If you’re interested in a job in sales, developing and nurturing skills to catapult your career can help you achieve your career advancement goals. Click To Tweet

Begin by understanding the benefits of problem solving and how that skill can help you become an effective leader. With a leadership position, you’ll also want to hone in on trusting yourself and building confidence as your network grows. Finally, lean into the interpersonal skills developed along the way, such as communication, trust, and your tenacity as you tackle challenges along the way.

These strengths and sales skills can help you in your job and several other disciplines. Perhaps even more important is that they can cross over into your daily life, your personal wellbeing, and state of mind.  We hope this infographic on career advancement in sales jobs ultimately helps take your strengths and productivity to the next level!

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Sales Skills to Help Advance Your Career Path

 

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We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

April 3, 2019

How to Choose the Right Retail Sales Solution

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How to Choose the Right Retail Sales Solution

People buy from people. It’s that simple. While, certainly, a great product or service can sell itself, when it comes to maximizing revenue potential, there is nothing like a charismatic and professional retail sales team to get the job done.

Choosing the right retail sales solution can be challenging. If your company is considering supplementing its marketing initiatives by reaching out to customers in the retail space, this guide is for you. Here are 5 questions to consider before deciding on an outsourced sales partner:

 

  1. Is this a win-win?

The right retail sales representatives will drive revenue for your business, while simultaneously providing a positive, friendly, and personalized experience to the store’s customers. Brick-and-mortar retailers, who face the ongoing challenge and expense of getting people in the door, must be able to trust that their customers will be positively impacted by the presence of a sales team. The right outsourced partner not only understands this, but actively participates in ensuring that every person who enters the retail store has a positive shopping experience that makes them want to come back. Yes! Great.

The right retail sales representatives will drive revenue for your business, while simultaneously providing a positive, friendly, and personalized experience to the store’s customers. Click To Tweet
  1. Does the sales team possess the right skill set?

It’s no easy task to convince someone shopping for the perfect new dog toy to stop and chat about an unrelated product – but the right sales team won’t bat an eye at the challenge. As customers pass by, friendly retail sales representatives should be able to initiate conversation, quickly and effectively, and help the customer switch gears. They should ask the right questions, present customized solutions, address any concerns, and be able to sign sales agreements on the spot. Nice!

 

  1. Will the sales team capitalize on opportunity?

There are two things we know about customers who enter a retail store: (1) That they have chosen to shop in person, rather than online; and (2) that they are in a buying mood. Otherwise, people would choose to stay at home or simply shop online. The right retail sales team recognizes these facts as huge opportunities. They know how to make great first impressions and provide the human connection that many people seek when they leave their homes to go shopping. They are able to present a product or service in a personalized way and ensure that an interested party makes an informed decision to buy. Great!

 

  1. Will the sales team protect the image of both brands?

The retail environment is especially delicate because outsourced salespeople are, in effect, representing two companies. To safeguard the reputations of both brands, sales representatives should not only be clean-cut and professionally dressed, but personable, respectful, and above all else, honest. The right retail sales representatives should also be able to operate within the culture and restrictions of the given retail space, easily adjusting to the expectations of the store manager and the retail brand at large.

The right retail sales representatives should also be able to operate within the culture and restrictions of the given retail space, easily adjusting to the expectations of the store manager and the retail brand at large. Click To Tweet
  1. Does the sales team have a track record of success?

It’s rarely a good idea to experiment with unproven retail sales strategies or hire a team without a credible history of positive results. Before choosing an outsourced sales partner, do your due diligence by learning about what the team has accomplished in the past and how they’ve gone about doing so. This is why so many Fortune 500 companies have chosen Cydcor, a company with a 24-year history of delivering quality sales with integrity. Fantastic!

 

If you’d like to learn more about Cydcor’s retail sales solutions, visit https://www.cydcor.com/services.

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

March 27, 2019

Great Salespeople Have These Five Qualities

Knowing what makes a great salesperson is the first step to becoming one. At their core, great salespeople have empathy and drive. They know the prospects’ wants and needs and have the perseverance to win them over. But when you dive deeper, you discover that’s an oversimplification—great salespeople have five actionable qualities that make them superstars: high standards, curiosity, tenacity, passion and consistency.

They know the prospects’ wants and needs and have the perseverance to win them over. Click To Tweet

Take a look at the infographic below and keep these qualities in mind when you’re engaging a prospect, from writing a cold email to knocking on their door. These personality traits are small things that anyone can do to stand out and become a great salesperson.

Infographic about Salespeople
Great Salespeople Have These Five Qualities

 

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

March 18, 2019

4 Tips for Great Business Trip Etiquette

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4 Tips for Great Business Trip Etiquette

 

When it comes to business travel, the stakes are usually high. Whether you are attending an industry conference, meeting with clients, or scoping out a new market, opportunity is at your fingertips.

Your conduct and the decisions you make will ultimately determine whether a business trip is successful and all of that starts with the awareness of certain do’s and don’ts regarding professional etiquette. Check out these four essential tips on business trip etiquette to ensure that your next business trip is the best it can be.

 

Business Trip Etiquette Tip #1: Your appearance matters – and there are no excuses for that wrinkled shirt.

You should always dress to impress when on the job whether you’re in your regular workplace or out of town. This is especially the case if you know you’re going to be making a first impression on a new client or colleague. The way you look dictates how others perceive you, so take any competitive edge you can get.

Here’s the thing about traveling that’s important to keep in mind: Nobody’s clothes make it from A to B without accumulating some wrinkles – even for expert packers. It may sound silly, but it’s important to actually schedule a chunk of time to iron your clothes. Get all of your ironing out of the way on Day 1 so you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the trip. (Alternatively, if you’re willing to spend the cash, find out if your hotel offers pressing services. Just be careful to take note of turnaround times).

 

Business Trip Etiquette Tip #2: Don’t be late – even a little.

Tardiness is poor professional etiquette in any situation, but when you’re on a business trip, you should go above and beyond to be on time to meetings and events. Again, first impressions are key. Lateness sends the wrong message – and it can be a lasting one.

Plan your schedule carefully and be sure to allocate enough time to get from one point to the next. Keep an eye on the clock to ensure that unanticipated conversations don’t flow into time where you’re expected elsewhere.

 

Business Trip Etiquette Tip #3: Watch out for the slippery slope.

The great thing about business trips is that they present the opportunity to spend time with co-workers outside of the regular working hours. This makes for a second-to-none team bonding experience.

That said, be wary of letting happy hour turn into an unhappy tomorrow. Always use your best judgement. Don’t be afraid to call it a night if you sense that professional lines are getting too blurry. No single evening is worth sabotaging your career.

 

Business Trip Etiquette Tip #4: There’s a time and a place for your phone, tablet, and laptop. 

You may be an incredibly talented multitasker, but all that matters in a social setting is that others perceive you to be fully present and engaged. Do your best to make calls, send texts, or respond to emails during designated working sessions or alone time. Show respect and a genuine interest in others by keeping your phone in your pocket or purse, particularly during meals.

When taking notes during a conference or meeting, the old school method of pen and paper is still your best bet. You don’t want others to misconstrue diligent note-taking for texting or updating your Facebook status.

Remember, as with all opportunities, business trips are what you make of them. The next time you get to travel for work, make the most of it by planning, maintaining professionalism, paying attention to social cues and keeping your professional etiquette top of mind.

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Just don’t do it during that business dinner!

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.

 

March 6, 2019

6 Morning Routine Ideas Successful People Swear By

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6 Morning Routine Ideas Successful People Swear By

 

“I’m not a morning person.” We hear people say this all the time. But guess what? Becoming a morning person might be the extra edge you’ve been looking for to skyrocket your success. With few exceptions, most people who’ve reached high levels in their careers have developed a daily morning routine that they stick to religiously.

 

An effective morning routine sets you up for a productive and positive day. While hitting the snooze button three times, showering quickly, and rushing out the door might be easier, most top performers will tell you that you’re missing out on a major opportunity to improve your life.

 

There is no “one size fits all” grouping of successful habits. Certain activities that work wonders for one person might be fruitless for another. It’s important to experiment with what works best for you and to pay attention to what behaviors are and aren’t adding value to your day.

 

Here are six ideas to consider adding to your own daily morning routine.

 

But first, coffee.

Okay, not necessarily first, but certainly before you head to work. Numerous reputable studies have shown the long-term health benefits of drinking coffee; and certainly, the immediate benefits are plentiful as well. Even just one cup can kickstart a healthy morning routine, increasing your energy levels and giving you the boost to follow through on the next steps.

 

Get the blood flowing.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is get moving in the morning. Whether this means a walk around the block, some light yoga or stretching, or a full-blown work out, you’ll enjoy the benefits of increased energy and focus during the rest of your morning routine—and throughout the rest of your day.

 

Peaceful solitude.

Give yourself a few minutes (or more!) each morning to enjoy the calm before the storm. Turn off the television, close your laptop, and put your phone away. Perhaps pull out a notepad and jot down what you’re most grateful for. Think about the day ahead and what you’d like to accomplish.

 

Do something small that makes you happy.

 Maybe it’s swinging by Dunkin’ Donuts for your favorite caramel latte on your way to the gym. Maybe it’s snuggling with your kids or tossing the ball for your dog. You know yourself best. Having something to look forward to not only makes it easier to wake up each morning, but it also gives you a major mood boost that will carry through to the rest of your day.

 

Look good, feel good.

We’ve all had those mornings when all there was time for was a rushed shower, followed by a haphazard “whatever’s clean” outfit selection, and dashing out the door. When our clothes are mismatched or wrinkled and our hair is a mess, it can be hard to feel good about ourselves. Avoid this unnecessary hit to your self-confidence by setting aside sufficient time to look and feel your best, whatever that means for you.

 

Cue up a podcast or audiobook.

This is a fantastic way to not only awaken your mind in the morning but to ensure that each day you are learning something new. Try listening to an interesting podcast or audiobook while you’re exercising or commuting. It will make the time fly by and might even give you a useful idea to implement in your work day.

 

As with all new habits, getting started is the hardest. Establishing a healthy morning routine is going to require self-discipline and patience. Facing a few setbacks is normal and shouldn’t keep you from getting back on the horse. The good news is, once you get going, it will become easier and more automatic.

It’s also important to note that your morning routine might evolve over time. Perhaps you’ll start with a 15-minute walk and work up to a longer session in the gym. Maybe you’ll find that you can shower at night instead, skip the coffee run, or add something completely new to your plan. Either way, don’t let the idea of a “perfect” morning schedule keep you from getting started.

 

To find out more about Cydcor, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

We are Cydcor, the recognized leader in outsourced sales and marketing services located in Agoura Hills, California. From our humble beginnings as an independent sales company to garnering a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations and driving outstanding revenue growth, Cydcor has been helping Fortune 500 and emerging companies achieve their customer acquisition, retention, and business goals since 1994. Cydcor takes pride in the unique combination of in-person sales, call center, and digital marketing services we offer to provide our clients with proven sales and marketing strategies that get results.