The Apprentice

The Importance Of Clarity: The Sales Apprentice, Sales Training & Business Tips From The Hit TV Show 2012, The Semi-Final

Over the last few years the economy has changed, business has changed and how we go about selling and marketing have changed. For many, life has got tougher. Many businesses that once made a comfortable profit now struggle to keep their heads above water, many salespeople who used to easily beat their targets have to work harder and brands that once sold themselves now do not. On last night’s Sales Apprentice semi-final we saw the two teams competing to create a luxury ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show 2012, Week 10

Week 10 of The Sales Apprentice and only 7 remain. This week’s task was to source deals for a daily deal website, the best of which would go live on the website for 24 hours only. The team making the most sales would win. Teams tonight were Jade leading Nick, Tom and Adam versus Stephen leading Ricky and Gabrielle. At first glance, the show was going to be all about persuasion and negotiation but actually it ended up as a battle between ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show, 2012, Week 9

Week 9 of the Apprentice and only 8 remain. Tonight’s task was to raise awareness of English sparkling wine by creating a new image, website and online campaign and then making a pitch to a group of industry big-wigs. An interesting task but not one with many sales lessons so most of tonight’s learning was of the common sense variety! Team leaders for the task were Ricky and Tom. Both split their teams in two to get through the multitude of tasks, ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show, 2012, Week 8

So we’ve reached week 8 of the Sales Apprentice and we’re getting to the point where there are few people for our Apprentii to hide behind. With the teams now reduced to 4 against 5 and with 3 required to enter the boardroom from the losing team, everyone has to make sure that they perform well. Tonight’s task was to select two urban artists per team and then sell their paintings to both the public and to a corporate client selected by ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show, Week 7

This week on the Apprentice we were back to the age old task of buying and selling. You know the one, Lord Alan give them a small amount of money, asks them to buy products and sell them on the street. The teams need to “smell what is selling” and restock  to make more sales and more profits. At the end of the task, the team with the most assets (cash + stock) would be the winner. With the tip that he ... Read more

Have You Lost Touch With Core Selling Hours? The Sales Apprentice 2012, Week 6.

Do you make the most of your time? Do your salespeople make the most of their time? Does your business work in the most efficient manner? Important questions and ones that could make the difference between success and failure for you, for your teams and for your ultimate success. In my travels as a motivational speaker and author I meet a lot of salespeople, business leaders and entrepreneurs who are incredibly busy. People who are rushing from task to task and managing ... Read more

7 Tips For Making A Great Presentation From The Sales Apprentice, Week 5

Week 5 of The Sales Apprentice and this week’s task was to come up with a new fitness programme, create a demonstration video and pitch the concept to three fitness chains to try and license it to them. The team making the most sales would be the winner and one of the losing team would be fired. An interesting concept for a programme, slightly different from the norm but yet again another stretch for people with perhaps no experience in this area. The ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice 2012: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show, Week 4

So it’s week four of the Sales Apprentice and it’s time for some buying and selling. This week Lord Alan set the teams the task of buying secondhand stock and then selling it from shops in Brick Lane. The only two rules seemed to be that they only had £1000 to spend and that the winning team would be the team that made the most profit. After a bit of a shuffle Laura and Tom were elected as team leaders of the ... Read more

The Sales Apprentice 2012: Sales Training & Business Development Tips From The Hit TV Show, Week 3

Are you a jack of all trades and a master of none? If you are, that may be where you are going wrong. In today’s new economy people pay money to people who are experts. People pay money to people who do things that they cannot. People pay money to people and companies who add value to them, to their businesses, to their processes, to their profitability and to their effectiveness. People do not pay good money for people who do things ... Read more
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