Martin Stellar - Coach & Consultant for ethical sales and business growth

Martin Stellar - Coach & Consultant for ethical sales and business growth

Oddly, Even Hippies Are Salespeople – And They're Pretty Damn Good at It

Had a very interesting talk yesterday with a guy called Miguel.

Miguel is the antithesis of people like me.

He lives in a house that he built with his own two hands, he’s 61 and hasn’t worked for a boss – always self-employed – in almost 40 years

He’s what hippies turn into when they grow up, I suppose.

We talked a bit about marketing and ethics – evidently he’s quite the skeptic, and I agree with most of his complaints against the industry.

But the funny thing is that the one thing that has enabled him to survive for 40 years on his own terms, without working for a boss, is exactly same thing that I use in my work.

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Must Tell You About My Client Jimmy – You Want to do Things as Right as He Is

Maybe you remember I mentioned my student Jimmy a while back – a painter and novelist in Dublin.

In my recent tech-struggles I didn’t really keep up with him, so yesterday I went and had a look-see.

Turns out that the guy – quite unbeknownst to me – has been pretty active, and in smart ways too.

Read moreMust Tell You About My Client Jimmy – You Want to do Things as Right as He Is

A Literary Goatherd? Now That's Why My Stuff Ain't Cheap, and Neither Should Yours Be

A few evenings ago I sauntered into my friend’s bar after my daily walk&webinar.

I enjoy walking at sunset with a good bit of audio to get my learn on.

Stitcher.com is my latest discovery.

Anyway, my friend introduced me to a guy called Manuel and we chatted for a while.

I instantly noticed his mental prowess – he had things to say and knew how to say them.

Not a very common occurrence in this very rural area.

He was, in a word, erudite.

At times almost lyrical.

Read moreA Literary Goatherd? Now That's Why My Stuff Ain't Cheap, and Neither Should Yours Be

I Come From the Future. You Should Go to China

First, a public service announcement: If you’re waiting for an email from me, or if I’m meant to follow up but haven’t yet – do please forgive. I’ve had a bitch of a month, with my computer getting hacked, then my site going down, followed by my backups being corrupted – it’s been stressful and I’m only now catching up. But, normality has been restored so let’s carry on with our scheduled program…

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“I come from the future. You should go to China.”

I love me a good sci-fi film.

That line is from the time-travel flick Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In one scene, Joseph tells his boss that he’s planning to go to France.

Boss: “You should go to China.”

Joseph: “I’m going to France.”

Boss: “I come from the future. You should go to China”.

Joseph: “I’m going to France”.

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No, but I Insist: The Yay is on You

Michal writes in, raving about how much she likes my emails, and how smart I am and all those nice things that make a little Stellar feel really good.

Except, I’m not to blame.

All that she gets from my writing isn’t down to my being especially smart. It’s down to her, entirely.

The internet is a big place, and you bet there are people who are much smarter, much nicer, much more motivational and much more on the ball than I am.

And yet, she reads me all the time, and keeps getting ideas that help her.

Not someone else – no, she likes to read that nutty Dutchman in Spain.

Why?

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Here You Go: Some Advice I'm Not Qualified to Give

I’m not a parent.

As such, I have little right to tell parents what’s right and wrong.

But, I know a few things about psychology, and with that I can see that some parents are doing damage without being aware of it.

And, there’s a sales lesson in it, so read on even if you don’t have children.

I just watched Jimmy Kimmel’s April fool’s day video.

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More Ethics = More Sales

I was listening to an interview with one of the world’s leading copywriters.

All very interesting, nice guy, great tips.

The guy is a rockstar for a reason.

And then he got to the point: “And here’s how you write a testimonial”.

He what?

He’s actually teaching people how to write fake testimonials?

As in, fabricating a customer commentary?

Ok, how about this, Mr. John Bigshot.

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I Just Got Sold to and Rarely Am I This Happy

Not only is it my birthday (that means presents for you – more on that later today), but I also was able to finally give a big, fat, offense, rabidly angry middle finger to my ISP.

They’re called Movistar here in Spain – but that’s just a new name they took on because of the royally screwed reputation Telefonica has built for themselves. Telefonica – Movistar = same same.

 

Walking through town yesterday, I saw three guys with Jazztel uniforms and clipboards.

I remember Jazztel from a few years ago, and they rock. But, in this town they had no coverage so I had no choice but to go with Movistar when I moved back here a year ago.

And I really didn’t want to sign up with Movistar, because they suck hairy monkey balls.

I stopped the guys:

Read moreI Just Got Sold to and Rarely Am I This Happy

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