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It’s time for an end-of-year motivational push

12:00AM | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, here we are, in the weeks before Christmas. If your staff are already slowing down, perhaps it’s time for some added incentives.

Overcome the summertime sales blues

12:00AM | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 | Taskmaster

In some sectors, summer can often be a difficult season in which to make sales. Old Taskmaster says you mustn't get discouraged!

Ignore what your customers say, tell them what they want

12:07PM | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Walid El-Khoury

It is now a well-known (but often forgotten) fact that people invariably try to rationalise their decisions. Asking people what they want is the wrong way to find out what they’re really after.

How to prevent dodgy sales practices in your business

12:00AM | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Taskmaster

Earlier this week, the ACCC announced it is taking an energy company to court over its sales tactics. Here’s how to prevent the same thing happening to you.

Surviving the pre-Christmas rush

11:50PM | Thursday, 28 November 2013 | Michael Hansen

The weeks leading up to Christmas are always frenzied. Here are six things you need to do to thrive through a late-year rush.

How the power of focus quadrupled this self-funded start-up’s sales

11:28AM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Focusing on just one function of their product led to skyrocketing sales for Quadlock co-foudners Chris Peters and Rob Ward.

The “horrendous” birth story of multi-award winning Vinomofo: Start-ups are Scary series

11:03PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Rose Powell

The team behind the wine deals site Vinomofo are onto a good thing now, but co-founder and chief executive André Eikmeier says becoming a profitable start-up was anything but easy.

Hyperbolic language: This article will revolutionise the way you do business

11:50PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Bella Katz

Why is it that so many rational entrepreneurial individuals, people who create new businesses, are so fond of exaggeration?

Kogan fires back in Click Frenzy cease-and-desist stoush

11:33PM | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Kogan.com.au has been issued with a cease-and-desist letter after it hosted a Click Frenzy sale despite not being part of the official event.

Don’t talk shop – at least, not all the time

11:51PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Taskmaster

You’re passionate about your business – and so you should be. But there are limits to how much you should talk about it while in polite company.

Are you prospecting or just making noise?

11:09PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Greg Ferrett

A poor sales strategy can turn off even the most eager of potential customers. If you’re prospecting, here are a few key points to consider.

Return to the Super Rooster Cafe

11:42PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Regular Taskmaster readers will remember John, the owner of the Super Rooster Cafe decided to shake up his business. So how is the new cafe menu faring?

Pulling the plug: When to fire your client

11:12PM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

As counter-intuitive as it seems, in some cases the best thing to do is to turn a customer down. Here’s how to know when your business can no longer meet your customer’s needs.

Dr Pepper’s lessons on brand loyalty

11:00AM | Thursday, 7 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you want to build a brand your customers will keep coming back to? It’s time to take a lesson from the doctor.

A trick to try if you’re afraid of public speaking

10:22PM | Thursday, 31 October 2013 | Taskmaster

It’s easy to get nervous when speaking in front of a large crowd. If so, Old Taskmaster has a little trick that might help you out.

Ecommerce tips: How to ensure more customers actually finish their sale

10:35PM | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Getting customers the whole way through the online check-out process can be a challenge in an environment where entertainment and competitors are only a click away.

The word a person uses is usually not what they mean... but can you decipher the real message?

10:14PM | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 | Greg Ferrett

On September 13th 2013 Voyager I became the first manmade object to leave the solar system. The inscribed messages are an important reminder that what humans say isn’t always what they mean.

How to build rapport in minutes

10:19PM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Relationships underpin every transaction in business. Here are seven tips to help you easily build rapport with your customers.

Tacos and the art of confrontational advertising

10:00AM | Tuesday, 29 October 2013 | Taskmaster

This morning, I came across the most underhanded, sneaky, devious marketing scheme I’ve seen in quite some time. You might like it – but your competitors won't.

The 10 keys to boosting your sales

10:00AM | Monday, 21 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Over recent months, Old Taskmaster has shared the secrets of sales success – now it’s time to pull them all together. Whether you work in retail, sell to other companies or handle your sales over the phone, here are 10 key tips that can give you a boost.

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