Nicky Pattinson Interview

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					by: Damien Senn

Nicky Pattinson is a straight talking, sharp shooting, high flying sales professional.

Her ability to instantly build rapport and thoroughly engage people is breathtaking (believe me,
I've seen her in action!). Over the past decade she has written multi-million pounds worth of new
business and now she's on a path to empower others with her secrets of selling success....

The Interview

DS: What was it that initially inspired you to get into sales?

NP: DESPERATION INSPIRED ME nothing like being down on yer luck to get those feet
DANCING. However, before my demise Id done SOME kind of sales most of my life (hard to
be lonely when you meet people fer a LIVING).

DS: Did you experience any fear as you made your first sales call or did it come very naturally to
you?

NP: NERVOUS??? OHHHH MY LIFE DAMIEN, that fear came from the CORE of my
BEING!!! - or then again, is it like ACTORS ADRENALINE. Would even the GREAT
THEATRICALS be just as electrifying if they didnt get the jitters a BIT as they stood in the
WINGS???

DS: What qualities do you believe make a successful sales professional?

NP: The SAME THING that creates an ANYTHING professional and exceptional ..FOCUS,
COURAGE, CLARITY, HONOUR, DREAMS and giving out an EMOTIONAL
INVESTMENT to everyone you ENCOUNTER.

DS: Do you think great sales professionals are born or made?

NP: SALESMEN are probably MADE but you make that shift YOURSELF, from the INSIDE.

DS: What is the best way to warm up cold calling?

NP: WARM UP COLD CALLING??? - well that is certainly back to giving an EMOTIONAL
INVESTMENT. Why should anyone be warm back to YOU if you just treat them as a way to get
what YOU WANT??? Like a script to a walking cheque book??? Its just not like that the world
has CHANGED. ALSO PLEASE throw the MOGODON in the BIN and chuck away those
hideously rigid SALES SCRIPTS!!!

DS: What simple and practicle steps can small business owners take to increase their sales
performance?
NP: BE VERY FOCUSED and CLEAR as to what kind of clients are going to DEFINE your
company. Write them down put it to paper and keep it at the side of the bed and in your pocket or
journal...... LIVE IT!!! and block out all outside influences saying you CANT. Most people arent
successful because they dont take time to consider what THAT MEANS for THEM. ONCE
YOU ARE TRULY SURE then pick up that fone and BEAT YOUR PATH. Even if you dont
end up with exactly what you had in mind youll look back and be amazed at how far youve
COME!!! Dont feel bad about approaching someone most companies will have someone just like
YOU at the back door shovelling the coal out. Its the natural way of distributing wealth no
company must think the CHAIN BREAKS with THEM, because it DOESNT.

DS: Who's the best salesperson you have encountered and what made them so special?

NP: DEFINITELY JULIAN KYNASTON of PROPAGANDA who gave me my FIRST
CHANCE after being on the dole we could fight like children all the way to and from a meeting,
but when we got there we created a RAPPORT and a FUNCTIONAL FAMILY that people just
wanted to be PART OF...... Really I owe him a lot and rang him a couple of weeks ago to say so.

DS: What are the three most important lessons you have learned about selling and business
generally?

NP: WELL...... No 1 is WITHOUT DOUBT let there be NO CONFUSION as to your
WORTH!!! Personally I am getting a bit pissed off with the way we are treated/percieved in the
UK. I was with a company in London last week whose telesales people generated 150 million s
worth of revenue A YEAR. NOW lets get real here, thats just ONE company in ONE CITY.
Take us all away and see the economy go for a little DIP THEN EHHH??? Wheres the money
going to come from THEN!!! YER there WOULD be something to WINGE ABOUT if that
happened wouldnt there??? SO COMMAND SOME RESPECT!!! BUT FIRST WE sometimes
need that little fact pointed out to us, because a lot of the people I meet buy into others very false
perceptions.

NO. 2 Read a couple of good body language books and always make sure you look
FANTASTIC. A decision is made on you within the FIRST 4 SECONDS (so no more wobbly
lipstick Nicky). Create your OWN PERSONAL BRAND and have a WAY or a CALLING
CARD and be the one and only .......... YOU.

No. 3) THE HARDEST FER ME Im RUBBISH AT IT..... DO YER BILLING ON TIME!!!
(that too is self worth, and a part of it that Ive only just WOKEN UP TO!!!).

DS: What's the number one book you would recommend to aspiring sales professionals?

NP: JOE VITALE THE ATTRACTOR FACTOR BY WILEY........ ALWAYS has me jumpin
up and down.

DS: What memorable mistakes, if any, have you made in sales? What did you learn from them
and how can they be avoided?
NP: HOW LONG HAVE WE GOT??? - I STILL make mistakes.... But the greatest mistake of
them ALL is to not move on from it, dont allow it to CONSUME YOU. In the scheme of things,
you would have to make a million mistakes a year to stop you getting to where you want to END
UP if youre SURE ENOUGH. The NAME CHIP in my head is FULL THO I did a seminar a
month ago and had to ask one of the (fabulous) guys what the name of their COMPANY
WAS!!!.....(Thank God I had the character to carry it OFF).

DS: What are the best and worst things about being in sales?

NP: BEST the ADVENTURE...... Honest, LORD OF THE RINGS has NOTHING on this.
WORST..... It can be LONELY, thats why we all STICK TOGETHER.

DS: Are there any other thoughts, insights, or advice for aspiring sales professionals that you'd
like to add?

NP: YES!!! get so unshakeably strong inside that there is no negotiation as to the outcome of
your life. GET UP AT 6:30 and read a couple of chapters of an inspirational book, then exercise
with your mind visualising and your heart feeling all those new business opportunities filling up
your diary. When we sleep, our energy becomes stagnant and has to be re-calibrated in the
morning or we never feel PUT TOGETHER. MOST SALES are aspirational you have to bring
this into every phone call and meeting you do. SO, whether you want more plumbing business,
to sell more newspapers, cars, accountancy services or what the HELL......YOU have to feel it
FIRST.THEN you become a MASTER/ADVANCED STORY TELLER to get your pitch across
and BINGO you stand out in a world. In business ALL AREAS are now SATURATED. BUT
saturated with MEDIOCRITY most of the time. If youre reading this youre already being tugged
by the rope that will yank you out of the HOLE .....so come on DO IT!!! DO IT!!! DO IT!!!

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