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Technology Tips - Voice Recognition

Technology Tips - Voice Recognition 

by Frank Furness CSP

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a technology geek and have the biggest collection of gadgets imaginable. It's so bad that every time I speak in Hong Kong, the gadget shop owners know me by name. The great thing about gadgets though, is if you use them they can increase the effectiveness of your business greatly. Each month I will be featuring a gadget, software or e-book could will increase your effectiveness. I don't know if anyone else is like me, but sometimes when I have appointments where I try to sell my services, I sometimes don't take notes as comprehensively as I should and sometimes forget important points. A great gadget that has assisted me is the Olympus DS3000 digital voice recorder. Every time I leave a meeting now, I dictate file notes on exactly what went on in the meeting and action plans to follow up. When I get back to the office, I plug in one end of a cord to my voice recorder and the other end to the USB port on my computer and it downloads automatically and saves it as a sound file. Now I can listen to it whenever I want to and not forget anything important. Even better, I have also bought Dragon voice recognition software and trained it to recognise my accent.

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Multiple Sources of Income through Technology

Multiple Sources of Income through Technology  

 by Frank Furness CSP

I love gadgets and technology and it has completely changed the way that I think and work. It also enables me to choose only the speaking engagements that I want to do while maintaining my earnings. It provides me with income while I sleep, an exit strategy and future pension for my business. Over the last eighteen months I have invested a great deal of time and money to discover what it takes to make technology really work and I would like to share some of these with you.
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10 Killer Ways To Multiply Your Sales
1. When you make your first sale, follow-up with the customer. You could follow-up with a "thank you" email and include an advertisement for other products you sell. You could follow-up every few months.   
2. You could up sell to your customers. When they're at your order page, tell them about a few extra related products you have for sale. They could just add it to their original order.
3. Tell your customers if they refer four customers to your web site, they will receive a full rebate of their purchase price. This will turn one sale into three sales.
4. When you sell a product, give your customers the option of joining an affiliate program so they can make commissions selling your product. This will multiply the sale you just made.   
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How to develop a Powerful Salesletter
How to develop a Powerful Salesletter
By Frank Furness
I am presently developing a number of websites. My main website is great, but it also confuses people. I'm selling speaking, training, recruitment services and 42 products. One of the changes I've made is that I am now developing one page websites to promote each product. I'm not the best at doing this kind of thing, so I use a piece of software called 60 second salesletters. I fill in the gaps on the questionnaire and voila -  I have an instant one page website. I can import images, use any payment system for orders, change the colours and look. For me it is ideal because I know nothing about HTML, but can now make my own websites.
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Robert Bailey, President and CEO, Abacus International Pte Ltd

 

CEO level delegates attending the inaugural Abacus International Online Travel Leaders Retreat rated Frank Furness as one of the most appreciated contributors at the event held in Macau on 4-6 July 2008. His presentation not only provided thought provoking new perspectives for online Travel Agencies, the delegates attending felt that many of the tactics and techniques for online marketing could be implemented almost immediately. We greatly appreciated Frank's contribution to the Retreat and with its sound mix of robust thinking and practical advice and would welcome him as a presenter at our events in the future.

Robert Bailey,  President and CEO, Abacus International Pte Ltd

Annick Devillard, Director, The Rooster

 

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A day of sales training with Frank Furness so inspired our sales team that six weeks on, and they are still enthusiastically employing his techniques.  Each sales person in the office has their goals pinned up in front of them and we have a huge poster in the office which says ‘Think Frank’.

Frank has changed the way we work – he has given us confidence to enjoy the sales pitch and to sell better and more effectively.
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"What an excellent presentation. It was unanimously claimed as the best session any of the team had experienced. Everybody is charged up and my only challenge is to ensure that we carry through the great ideas you provided."
Alistair Altham, Group Marketing Director, Johnson Fry Securities Ltd, London

Abi Doyle, Head of Group Marketing, The Premier Paper Group

 

Not only did you put on an excellent programme...people have been talking about you non-stop. But also for not acting the Prima Donna! You worked really hard and you got the message across.
Abi Doyle, Head of Group Marketing, The Premier Paper Group

Stuart Thomson, MD of PIC, Dubai

 

After many years in the sales industry, it has been highly refreshing to find a professional who can rekindle the fire in our sales force. Frank's professionalism and knowledge of sales in my opinion cannot be equaled and since his motivational talk, there has been a dramatic increase in our sales figures.
Stuart Thomson, MD of PIC, Dubai

W Mitchell, author of, It's Not What Happen To You, It's What You Do About It

 

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W Mitchell, author of, It's Not What Happen To You, It's What You Do About It

Trudi McMenemy, Manager, Salters

 

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Clive Chappell - Sales & Marketing Manager, MFH Group Of Companies

 

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Clive Chappell -  Sales & Marketing Manager,  MFH Group Of Companies


Hans Poortvliet, Managing Director, HSMAI Nederland

 

While working on the details of our 2008 LEADERSHIP programme, Mr. Furness was suggested to us by various people. Were they ever right! After a brief, but very pleasant and ‘to the point’ telephone conversation, I was fully confident that Frank was definitely ‘our man’. Seen his extensive background in sales, we asked Mr. Furness to take care of the ‘HSMAI Leadership in Sales Event. Frank delivered that afternoon an upbeat, dynamic and cutting edge presentation on sales & marketing. Filled with humour, impressive facts, ‘speaking’ pictures and many, many practical ‘sales tools’. Afterwards he left the audience with several dedicated websites full of practical tools for their review and use. The feedback we got from our members was nothing less than superb! I therefore can only strongly advise any organization (looking for the ‘latest in sales & marketing’) to contact or even better: ‘secure’ Mr. Frank Furness for their programme.
Hans Poortvliet, Managing Director, HSMAI Nederland

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