It was wonderful to catch up recently with old friend and motivational speaker, John McDermott, who I can highly recommend as a guest speaker. John wrote a book ‘Selling as a Way of Life’ which was published in 2008 and a second edition, ‘Selling Yourself as a Way of Life’ and dedicated it to all the sales people who worked for him over the years and by their continual, everyday mistakes, motivated him to write in the first place.
John went from being a Sales Representative to Chief Executive, throughout a career in a widely diverse spectrum of business fields and sizes of operations, including his own. He consistently achieved the highest sales figures, concluded the biggest contracts and won a great number of special achievement awards. He says he attributes these successes to having the ability to interact effectively with people at every level.
He started out as a Motivational speaker in 2008 – speaking the Sanlam year end function in Durban. Then followed Absa’s Black Empowerment Entrepreneurial Award in Cape Town and he has gone on to be a guest speaker at many events from school-leaver events at top schools in Cape Town, and in the townships to our own Hirsch’s Networking groups in Cape Town. He has received many complimentary replies from attendees as to how he has improved their social skills and this has resulted in improved success in sales, better relationships with their customers, business colleagues, family and friends.