I had a great session with my coach/trainer the other day. And I heard something that I have heard before, but it really struck me this time. She said "all roads lead to follow-up."
We were discussing what areas of the business people get stuck in. For some it might be filling the pipeline, getting presentations, closing the sale and of course follow-up. But she pointed out that when it come right down to it, what you are doing to follow-up is the key.
Today I sat with a client discussing his issues and it did not take long to realize that he already had great potential (pipeline). We talked about who he knows, and within no time his circle of influence was expanding. The key was informing those in his circle of influence what he was doing. That is the follow-up piece. Now he has to decide how he wants to do that.