OMG! It’s Thursday and April Fool’s is Monday!

Yesterday I bemoaned Wednesday in my blog post, but now it’s Thursday, almost sphincter-time (Friday).  What am I going to do now that the hours of this week are dwindling down inexorably.  I mean, Saturday, albeit the actual end of a week at midnight, is a “day-off,” right?

Thursday … hmmm. Afternoon already.  I’ve sent out my tweets for the day.  Got up to date on my FB wall posts; even caught up with my email in four accounts.  What to do now? Oh yeah, there are the other stories to promote, more pages to write on my current novel and then research for the upcoming book project, which begins on April Fool’s Day. (See, I’m already ahead of my wife who probably hasn’t thought ahead enough to figure how she is going to trick me Sunday evening.)

But enough about my time and how to fill it … how are you going to delight your significant other come Monday?

I know it’s lame but I’ll probably lay on the “We won the lottery last night” one more time.  That is, if you don’t help me and comment some better ideas!

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So Anyway… Here It Is, Wednesday

Here it is Wednesday.  Middle of the new week. Not so much a reminder of last Wednesday and what I had not accomplished by this time last week, but another “hump day” in this week.  Time enough to get more things done before the week ends on Saturday.

Today, though, comes with another disappointment: my co-author again has not written to me after another of my supplicant pleas to him to communicate.  What good is a co-author who doesn’t communicate? What good is an almost-completed manuscript that hangs in limbo while two co-authors fail to complete the work for no apparent reason?

 I have not been in this position before I try to tell myself, but it’s no use.  The last book I wrote with another so-called co-author ended up the same way, and that work languishes unpublished and unfinished past a year now.

What is it with artists who do not complete their art?  I did my work, completed my part in the writing.  Can they not do the same?  Do they not realize that hard-won words spilled onto monitor screens, later to be spit out onto published pages in books are worthless without readers?

Into this limbo — like climbing into bed on a cold night and feeling the cold sheets — I progress right behind my worthy work.  We both lie here in wait; waiting for the covers and our body heat to bring some comfort to the frigid cotton, the “fabric of our lives.”

But, inside my blood boils for the lack of even a short message, “Sorry, I’ve been busy. I’ll get it done soon,” from my co-author. Or, “Hey! I’ve been skydiving and having so much fun that I’ve almost forgotten there is work to be done.”

Whatever.

Presented with this problem not of my making and going on three weeks now, I must resign myself to take action beyond another drop to my knees.  I dread it.  I will have to resort to the legalities of our Agreement terms, it seems — never mind our friendship which seems to be passing away right before my eyes.  That, or lose all hope for the work ever seeing the light of day.  Abortion is not good enough; nor is still-birth.  My “baby” shall survive, even if I have to become a single parent!

If I have to commit murder upon a contractual relationship in order to see that my words on paper live, I will do it. Still, it makes me feel like such a criminal, albeit I am not the one committing the more-serious crime.  After all, all I did was my job.

So anyway… here it is.  Wednesday.

© 2013 by Ronald Joseph Kule. All Rights Reserved.

How To Sell Made Easy

Some people think that they will never be able to sell anything.  They think that salespeople are born with their skills, not made.  They read Dale Carnegie, Og Mandino, Joe Girard, Jeffrey Gitomer, and watch Donald Trump and his ilk and say, “I couldn’t do what they do. I can’t sell.  I’ll never be able to sell anything.”  But in doing so, they sell themselves short.

Selling is a craft, which can be learned.  It isn’t any harder than learning how to communicate and be understood.  We all learn to do that by watching others, listening to what they say and mimicking them.

The fact is, selling is simply communicating with a specific purpose to help another person make a decision to buy what is offered.  Every sales communication follows the same basic rules, which in many ways mirror the rules of ordinary communication.  Anyone can learn to communicate, and can learn to sell, well.

Selling, when it approaches “art,” is a matter of the quality of the sales communication.  This, too, can be taught.  In fact, it can be exercised.  The improvement of skills necessary to accomplish easily closed deals requires practice based on effective, basic data.

Sell Better, Sell Easier, Sell Everything Artfully (in Italian, VENDERE Maglio, piu facilmente e con Maestria) (Spanish, Vender Mejor, Vender más fácil, Vende todo lo Artistícamente) (French, Mieux Vendre, Vendre plus facilement, Vendre tout ce Astucieusementby Ronald Joseph Kule brings to sales training a unique and new selling approach that both underscores and undercuts the importance of the right sales-training basic data. (Russian edition coming soon.)

The book is small in number of pages and direct in its message, but therein lies its power:  you get only the effective data codified for efficiency and workability.  After all, do you really have the time to sort out the important from the unimportant?

Great thinkers in all ages have praised the virtues of simplicity:  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” noted Leonardo Da Vinci;  “Keep it simple and good things will happen,” marketer, Jack Trout wrote in his masterful, The Power of Simplicity.  “Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge,” said Winston Churchill, and Henry David Thoreau extolled, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”

A few hours with this book and a friend to help you do the simple selling exercises can change your sales career overnight for the better.  Internationally, students of Kule’s book are closing more sales with greater ease and understanding than ever before.

Sell Better, Sell Easier, Sell Everything Artfully, a collection of actual sales stories, an easy-to-learn sales method that makes any other sales techniques more accessible and selling exercises developed exclusively by the book’s author, is available online at Amazon.com in both hard-copy and E-book formats.  In Italy, the hard-copy is available at www.vendereconmaestria.com.