Big Time Thinking Podcast Episode 18 People Skills Part 2 with Terry MacCauley from Big Time Advertising

Big Time Thinking Podcast Episode 18 People Skills Part 2 with Terry MacCauley from Big Time Advertising

Part 2 of last week’s Big Time Thinking podcast on people skills. In this episode, Terry dives even further into his thoughts on developing essential people skills. Reminding us that 85% of our career success is determined by our use of people skills.

Relating to others

Relating to others is a key skill. And part of that is having a well-rounded personality. Well, how do you develop that? Well, many ways. Experience is a major factor. Experiencing life creates many learning opportunities. From travel, family, and education.  But while experience is vital you don’t necessarily have to be experienced in something to understand it or show empathy to someone who has.

Communication Skills

This is key as well, and it will help you with the ability to relate to others as well. First, as mentioned before being able to show empathy and have respect for others. When a customer comes into to buy they may not be ready to buy at that exact moment. That doesn’t mean they are a bad lead, or they can’t afford what your selling. They may just not be ready right now. Buying a vehicle is a big purchase. Respect how hard they have to work to save enough money to come in and buy from you. And if you treat them with respect, they are likely to come back to you when they are ready. Learn to be patient and trust people. It is a virtue after all.

Show Compassion 

Everything is not black and white. You never know what just happened to that customer before they walked through the door. They could be having the worst day of their lives or the best. Point is you don’t know.  So, stop dehumanizing people.

Leadership Skills

Lastly, leadership skills are absolutely crucial to developing people skills. First, you don’t need to be in charge to be a leader and to step up and get things done. But, what makes a good leader? Good judgment and a level head. You have to be able to make good decisions when the time comes. Good leaders are also able to adapt to the situation. Don’t be one of those people who say, “Well that’s just the way we’ve always done it”. Things changes, people change, and the world changes. So, will your customers. You need to adapt to climate, but you need to do so with good judgment. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is a force multiplier and essential to developing your leadership and people skills. And lastly, have good manners. If you don’t know what good manners are, then look it up and practice. It will make others develop respect for you and you’ll be perceived as a professional. 

The Wrap Up

So, remember, developing people skills is vital to your career success. Develop your communication skills, show compassion, and work on developing leadership skills.

That’s all for this week’s podcast. If you missed part one click here to listen to last week’s episode. And to catch up on all other episodes or to book Terry go to BigtimeThinking.com

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Big Time Thinking Episode 17: People Skills Part 1

People skills are essential in the road to the sale. Communicating properly with the customer is key. In part 1 of this 2-part Big Time Thinking podcast. Terry talks about a few of the simple things that can be done to improve our people skills and our business.

Eighty-five percent of your business and career success is based on your ability to use great people skills. With a stat like that, it’s clear that this is something that needs to be developed to grow your business and dealership. So here are some of Terry’s tips to improve this crucial selling tool to help grow dealership.

First, drop the gadgets. Technology while being a wonderful thing. Has made it that people skills have become eroded. When you’re with a customer. Leave the phone alone. When they are talking to you they notice. By picking up the phone while they are talking creates the impression that them and what they have to say isn’t important. You just lost your customer.

Make it about your customers not about us. Listen to what they need. This plays right into being an active listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk. Give fewer speeches. Really listen to what they want and need that way you can provide them with outstanding personal service. Ask questions to engage the customer and hang on to every word. Really listen to what the customer says.

And lastly, use professional language. Don’t fall into curse words or the trending slang at the time. Avoid politics and religion. And just be a straightforward professional who cares about the customers’ wants and needs. Use proper tone and inflections in your voice, give the customer affirmations that you are listening.

I promise if you take these to heart not only will you scale your business and dealership. You’ll see better reviews, customers will remember you as a very professional and had an amazing experience. It’s time to think Big Time.


Episode 16: You Can’t Shrink Your Way Into Greatness

Addition by subtraction might show short-term success but the long-term outlook becomes frightening.  In this episode, Terry talks in depth about why dealers CANNOT shrink their way to success.

Episode 15 : Motivation or Action First?

What comes first motivation or action?  This is a great question to ask yourself.  We all have heard the phrase, “When I get motivated I am going to…”  In this episode, Terry has given this very question some deep thought and he shares his insights into what truly comes first.

Episode 14 : White Glove Service

When we hear “White Glove Service” many of us have immediate visions of extreme wealth with butler service. In this episode special guest and General Manager Of Old Hickory Golf Club, Pete Christo, shares his perspective of what “white glove” service truly means for all of us.

Episode 12 : Company Culture

A great organization will never make it without a superior culture that is conducive to productivity and efficiency.  Miserable people produce miserable dealerships and results.  In this episode, Terry talks about ways to keep the culture without losing your mind.

Episode 11 : Daily One to One

Daily One-to-One meetings are an absolute must for any business that desires healthy, productive employees that have buy-in, to their dealership.  Too often these important daily meetings are put off or sadly do not happen at all ever.  This podcast will give great insight into why they are important and how best to guide these meetings.

Episode 10 : Fire Quickly

Without a doubt, one of the toughest tasks as a manager is firing an employee.  Developing the skill of letting people go from your dealership is one that must be developed.  Nobody wakes up with the goal of firing someone, but there are times when the decision must be made and made quickly.  In this episode, Terry shares his reasons why and what happens when we hold on to employees that should be fired.  Plus, he shares clear warning signs that an employee is not a great fit.

Episode 9 : Good Leads vs. Bad Leads vs. ALL LEADS

In this highly-animated episode, Terry brings the passion that helped him scale dealerships month over month.  Creating a culture that all leads are great leads and that more leads are always better than fewer leads is critical to the success of any dealership or business.  Metrics like lead conversions do indeed matter.  However, when an organization starts eliminating leads to have a higher lead conversion, they are headed down an unnecessary expensive dark black hole.  More leads are always better than fewer leads.

Episode 8 : First Impressions

First impressions are often lasting impressions.  Sadly, it does not matter if a first impression is accurate or not, it is an impression that can be controlled if desired.  In this episode, Terry shares his experience with first impressions, snap judgment and how they affect us in business and personal life.  Failure to understand the importance of a good first impression can lead to performance failure more often than any of us would like to admit.