Online Learning During COVID-19

Who could have predicted a year ago that pubs and restaurants will have shut or children wouldn’t be finishing the school summer term? From a business perspective, even with Government intervention, COVID-19 has been catastrophic, with many companies being forced to adopt new ways of treating staff – radically changing the employee/employer dynamic.


No more so that the ‘working day’, traditionally such a reliable part of our lives that for many, provided a structure with which to underpin or define our existence. This been turned upside down, with ‘furlough’, ‘zoom’ and ‘social distancing’ now part of all our everyday vocabularies.


At the beginning of Lockdown, there was much trepidation with regard to how we could adapt to working from home. But there is much to be positive about. Employers embracing technology (or being forced to) has shown the world how we all work efficiently, diligently and achieve greater output when designing our working day ourselves. Communication; such a pillar of our work lives has found new ways to be achieved and, in most cases, a more effective way to be intertwined with our everyday tasks, meetings and agendas. One key area which has adapted swiftly, is that of online learning.


At Mindcell we have witnessed an unprecedented surge in demand for our own Leadership and Sales training courses. With it being accepted that a ‘new normal’ will involve less commuting, less face to face comms but a more streamlined and consumer lead service, designed around the customer. Which is why we brought forward the launch of Mindcell On Demand, a sign-up service that allows your team members to come out of COVID-19 with a ravenous hunger to drive your business forward.


What hasn’t changed during COVID-19 is sales, only how they’re made.


Deals will still need to be closed, prospective clients approached, buyers influenced, objections overcome and results demanded.


Mental strength will be prevalent, are your sales team resilient and adaptable to a new type of customer? Here’s 3 key elements of Online Learning that our feedback is telling us why the Mindcell On Demand Service is perfect for the world we’re now living and working in.


  1. Online Learning at your own pace. No longer dictated by classroom times, we are free to ‘log on’ and scale our learning around our own lives. With the working day now personalised to a structure that benefits the employee, so too is CPD. Mindcell offers ‘Live’ training as well as content to be absorbed at the customers pace.
  2. Cost effective. Online learning provides a structure of learning that eradicates commuting costs or room rentals. Online learning providers are keen to offer scale-able cost structures, Mindcell’s own corporate package starts at just £497 per month for up to 15 members. For a limited time only we’re offering a free ‘live’ 45 minute on-boarding training call.
  3. Re-watchable content. It’s not been possible in a classroom environment to record sessions and watch back, but with modern technology online learning provides exactly that functionality, meaning content can be absorbed at the rate dictated by the viewer, not the lesson plan.


These key drivers, when aligned with the fact our customers have DIRECT access to Stephen give Mindcell On Demand the edge over the competition. We’ve taken the efficiences afforded by technology and combined this with the personal touch Stephen offers to to create the most in demand, on demand online sales training available today.


To discuss how Mindcell can change the landscape of your business sign up here.

5 Tips for Generating Appointments on the Telephone

Still to this day one of the best ways to generate leads is by cold calling. A lot of people will say it’s a waste of time and they’re sort of right. Let me explain, most people don’t know how to book appointments on the telephone and have never been trained. Make no mistakes it is a skill. Hence why they feel it’s a waste of time.

With so much that can be covered on appointment setting I’ll keep it simple and share with you 5 tips to increase your chances.

1. Attitude – You have to be prepared to hit the phones and hit a high volume of calls. Get your mind ready for it by setting a target. Set a target for yourself to make the first 25 calls and aim for one or two decision makers to talk to from that. Remember on each call you should get one of these three things…progress, kill or book! Progress would be finding out vital information from gatekeepers or whom ever you speak with that progresses the call. You want to make sure it’s a company that you can help if not then kill it. Get it off your list. Remember killing something from your list is progress too. Or book a meeting!

2. Tonality – You MUST sound important and professional. The gatekeeper has a job to do of filtering out calls he or she feels is a waste of time. Don’t take this to heart. Play the game. Use deep powerful tonality and say thank you with the same deep powerful tonality at the end. Here’s an example:

“Hello XYZ company how can I help?”

“Hi it’s Stephen Tierney calling back for Dave Jones please thank you.”

If you’ve tried calling before then use the ‘calling back’ routine because it sounds more important to the gatekeeper. It’s almost as if you’re returning their call.

So remember deep powerful tonality creates more respect. At all costs do not sound like a call centre operative or they will drop you like a bad habit!

3. No wasted calls – If you can’t get through to the decision maker or they’re in a meeting make sure you gather information that will support and help you on the next call. And get a time when the meeting is finished. Be relentless because there is no wasted calls.

4. Prepare your answers – Gatekeepers pretty much work in similar ways and say similar things so have your answers prepared for the most popular questions. Here are two and how to combat them:

“What’s it regarding?”

Do not go into a huge spiel about your products or services keep it short, sharp and a little greyish at this point because your objective is just to get past the gatekeeper.

“It’s regarding the correspondence we’ve had so if you could put me through please that would be great thank you.” The correspondence could be an email you’ve sent and you’re also finishing the sentence with a command and a please and thank you. This makes it a lot more difficult for the gatekeeper to say no.

“Is he expecting your call?”

“Not today, I was suppose to call him last week so if you could put me through please that would be great thank you.”

He may have been on your list to call last week but you never got round to it however the gatekeeper thinks he was expecting your call last week.

So work on popular questions you get fired your way and have your answers ready.

5. Be nice – If gatekeepers are short with you and you feel their being rude please don’t take it personally. Put yourself in their shoes nowadays with all the calls that they have to deal with. Remember to be polite, professional but relentless.

Hope this has helped to get you started.

Stephen Tierney is one of the top telephone sales trainers and lead generating experts in the UK today. If you would like to have a complimentary visit from Stephen to see if  he can increase performance in any way for your company  then call now on
03333 444 147 or email  quoting “comp visit”

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Why Tonality Affects Your Results on the Telephone

There are many keys to selling in B2B (Business to Business) and one of the main ones that a lot of sales training companies skip over is ‘tonality’ and they shouldn’t because it’s an essential part of success in B2B.

Think about it; over the telephone your voice is the main tool for selling.

When you get to Director level, Owner, CEO etc. you must sound like your at their level to instantly command respect. You have seconds to grab their attention and make them realise that you aren’t a young call centre operative…even if you are!
It’s all about PERCEPTION!

3 things that matter in every call on B2B are:

  1. Trust / Rapport
  2. Competency
  3. Benefactors

Trust / Rapport

You must instantly build trust and rapport by sounding important and NOT sounding like your run of the mill call centre worker. Use their name and make it conversation not interrogation.


Are you competent of the job in the eyes or ears in this case of the decision maker your calling. They will judge this on how you sound, what you say and how you say it. Often people don’t get past this because the decision maker has made a reactive choice that you’re not at their level.


Are the benefits your offering worth their time and effort. The benefits have to be of value to gain any commitment in the sales process whether that’s an appointment or an actual sale the benefits need to be of high value.

Till next time…keep closing!

The Art of Deflecting Objections

Below is a couple of approaches to deflect objections and get them back onto being persuaded by you. These examples are for booking an appointment however it can be used for numerous reasons.

Example 1

CLIENT: “I’m just too busy at the moment call back in a couple of months.”

YOU: “I hear what you’re saying let me ask you a question – Timing aside does it at least sound sensible to you?” (If client replies yes)

“Exactly and the true beauty of meeting now at this early stage is…” *Then close hard.

(Remember pace, pace, lead. Act like the guy then lead and he’ll act like you)

Example 2

CLIENT: “I don’t see any point at the moment. It’s just too early.”

You: “Yes, too early for gathering the in’s and out’s of your project, not too early for us to show you what we showed others at this early stage. After this meeting you will have a clearer picture of the options available moving forward in the future. How about (date) for 30 minutes yes?”

I have underlined the words show you and a clearer  picture  because they match the visual way the client sees the World. *Notice his visual language…”I don’t see any point at the moment. It’s just too early.”

Deflecting objections is used masterfully by lawyers. Learn to use them in your selling.

The NO is even a YES Close

 Here’s a great close to use when faced with prospects repeatedly giving reasons for not going ahead with your product or service.

This close is so good because even a no is a yes.

“Is there anything else you need me to go over in great detail before we go ahead with this?”

Naturally this question will generate a “no”, and you can proceed with asking for the business.

Should your prospect reply with a “yes” – it will often reveal the true objection.

5 Quotes that will help you stay motivated

“I hated every minute of training, but I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Muhammad Ali

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
Vince Lombardi

“Leaders are made they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price any of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Vince Lombardi

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.”
Jim Rohn

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of you doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
Earl Nightingale

Hope these quotes have helped. Keep your motivation strong. Just keep going. Never give up. Believe in yourself and dedicate yourself to mastery of a particular goal! If you would like to discuss how I can help with your sales people or sales leaders then get in touch now.

Persuasion Tactic – Truisms


Truisms are used to pace the client to your way of thinking and then deliver a command.


Politicians often use the truism tactic. They are usually done in three’s and then the fourth is what you want them to do or believe. Here is a politician’s example:

“We all want an NHS that delivers the best service.” (pace)
“We want to make sure nurses are paid fairly.” (pace)
“And we want to make sure treatment is available to to those who require it….” (pace) “And that is why we need to increase taxes.” (command / belief)

How to incorporate it into your selling

• State three things that are so true they can’t argue with you • deliver your ‘close’ on the fourth


“We have shown you our great track record.” (pace)
“You agree our testimonials show trust.” (pace)
“And I have provided you with a special discount.” (pace)
“So will we go ahead with this booking.” (close)

Are your sales people mentally strong?

What seperates the elite sales people from the masses? You know, the 5% from the 95%?

Well through years of experience working with call centres I found similar trends no matter where you went or whatever they were selling.

Have you found that most don’t excel and go beyond their targets?

In fact a chunck of staff fail to hit targets? Why is that? Well here is a list of trends I found…

  • Most go through the motions and have not been coached on where they want to get in the next few years. So they simply go through the motions of turning up for a job.
  • Most young ones nowadays require instant gratification so long term targets or incentives don’t work.
  • They have never had mind-set training yet we expect them to be mentally strong.
  • Companies expect them to perform at their peak however no one in the company trains peak performance.
  • They have become order takers/customer service instead of amazing sales people.

The real truth behind success is a lot more simpler than we often make out…….

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

The late great Jim Rohn said “An obvious, yet overlooked truth is that rich people have 24 hours in the day and poor people have 24 hours in the day. The difference betwen the rich and por is the management of that time. Successful people often work harder and longer than most, but they almost always work smarter.”

This reminds me of what Seneca talks about in his book ‘On The Shortness of Life’ he states “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”

So before we complain about our sales peoples’ performance have we asked ourselves if they have been mentally trained to want to work harder, take full responsibility for their targets and be intrinsically motivated and driven to do so?

If you want your sales people mentally prepared to take sales to the next level then get in touch by filling out the form below.

Telecoms Lead Generation – The Importance of Tonality

With today’s outbound calling market being so saturated, it becomes very apparent that what worked in years gone by no longer works today.

Decision makers are having to respond to more and more calls from not only lead generation companies but the telecoms companies themselves with their in-house teams.

So what do you do to stand out from all the others. One of the main things to work on is ‘TONALITY’.

It really is 50% WHAT you say and 50% HOW you say it. It is very important nowadays to work on these following key points on tonality:

  • Sounding professional & authoritative
  • Inflection in your voice 
  • Do not sound monotone
  • Match the speed of customer
  • Talking with pauses at the right times
  • Talk with clarity and not rushing your words
  • And not sounding like a call centre 

Often sales training companies that train telesales staff don’t do a lot of work on ‘HOW’ the staff sound and this is a big mistake. Today more than ever telesales staff must sound like they themselves are a decision maker.

Are you transferring enthusiasm or are you putting people to sleep?

So work on improving how you sound and see if this makes a difference to the responses you get. I have got no doubt that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

For our expert telecoms lead generation training email or call 03333 444 147 now!