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22 great pieces of business advice from people on LinkedIn


written by Ollie Roddy

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From Einstein and Churchill to fictional characters in shows like The Sopranos and Mad Men, I’ve always been a big fan of good quotes. I must say though that, unlike many of my connections on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t feel right sharing quotes online. Of all the social platforms, though, I think that LinkedIn is probably the most quote appropriate simply because this is the only social site I use to switch my brain on, rather than switch it off, and the only network I look for work-related inspiration on.

In light of this, I recently took to LinkedIn to ask the members of various groups for the best piece of business-related advice that they’d ever heard. Unfortunately, as some were so similar, I haven’t been able to feature all of the comments in this article. A huge thanks goes to everyone who has taken the time to comment so far, though. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best answers I’ve received.

#1 Fred Berruti – Google AdWords Business Development Team, International

“Good experience comes from bad experience.”

#2 Jeff Kmetz – Executive Director Business Development & LCM at Pharmacyclics

“Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.”

#3 Edson Lopes – Business Intelligence Trainee at Visteon Corporation

“A vision without execution is a hallucination.”

#4 Fredrik Lindberg – Nordic Sales Manager at Radwell International UK Ltd

“You’ve got two ears and one mouth: listen more than you talk.”

#5 Shaun Mawdsley – Sales & Quality Assurance Manager

“Know all you tell, don’t tell all you know.”

#6 Krist Comfort – Sr. Lead Development Representative at Viewpoint Construction Software

“Seek first to understand before being understood.”

#7 Emilia Janczak – Marketing Associate at Evolve IP

“People prefer to hear themselves speak rather than listen to you, it’s just human nature.”

#8 Michael A Brown – Expert guidance and training for B2B By Phone

“Ask before telling; learn before selling.”

#9 Joseph Seiler MCC – Increasing clarity for Executives and every decision maker

“When you find that you don’t know, say the following exactly: “I don’t know”.”

#10 Barbara Petroske – Versatile Sales Specialist

“Don’t sell on price: someone can always go lower.”

#11 Dr Gary Sheard – Chair, Interim, Author “Awful Management”

“Everything is negotiable.”

#12 Teri Erickson – Business Development Coordinator & Trainer at AnswerFirst Communications, Inc.

“I’d rather apologize for our pricing once than our service everyday.”

#13 Steve Sargeant – LCM Systems Ltd, Managing Director

“Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity.”

#14 Richard Pryce – Experienced business development, strategy, and sales leadership

“Listen carefully before you speak.”

#15 Sherry Lawler – Business Development Manager at ITW Kairak

“Surround yourself with people who do know.”

#16 Lauren Jannetti – Marketing Communications Specialist at Wedgewood Pharmacy

“Nothing works unless you do.”

#17 Jim Dauser – DSV is the Solution

“Business is about people, so be the person people want to be around.”

#18 Nick Campese – CEO at NCI Financial

“There’s no money to be made in selling, there’s only money to be made in closing.”

#19 Eric Briggs – Highly Experienced OPL Laundry Specialist

“The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.”

#20 Dennis Meneghini – Market Developer at myDocket

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

#21 Susan A. Enns – B2B Sales Coach & Author

“I have more fun and enjoy more financial success when I stop trying to get what I want and start helping other people get what they want.”

#22 Jack Smith – Account Manager, Shire Leasing PLC

“If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever heard? Please let us know in the comments below.

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