Sales Success Starts with “Know Thyself!”

Selling is an emotional business that requires sales professionals to have a high level of emotional intelligence if they want to succeed. Emotional intelligence refers to originators’ ability to recognize, understand, and manage their emotions as well as those of their prospects and customers. This is not news. While sales candidates might be attracted to […]

Do You Really Want to Be a Successful Originator?

Every crisis provides an opportunity for mortgage managers to put everything on the table and re-examine their LOs’ selling models as they determine the best path forward. One manager recently said to me, the pandemic has changed everything and “inmates are no longer running the asylum in mortgage banking.” Of course, this may not be […]

“Lone Wolves” Starve to Death

A mortgage banking executive recently asked me what distinguishes more successful managers from their peers. This was easy to answer. In my experience, managers who get promoted to the highest levels surround themselves with their own personal “board of directors” who help them achieve their goals. Every manager has strengths and weaknesses. More successful managers […]

The Fallacy of “I am Different”

  Why do sales groups and originators fail? While there are many reasons for poor results, one that I see frequently in my sales consulting practice is the “I am different” rationale for not making necessary changes and adapting to a new environment. Yes, every lender has a distinct customer base and marketplace. But, the […]

Successful Selling in a Volatile Market

We are living in interesting times where fact is fiction and fiction is fact. Whether it is COVID-19 protocols or the idea that everything will go back to “normal” after this upheaval, there are a lot of assumptions and misconceptions that will impact our future course. The new reality for mortgage bankers and all businesses […]