Unveiling Leadership Insights with Curt Tueffert on Boardsi Leadership Talks

In the latest episode of Boardsi Leadership Talks, host Martin Rowinski sits down with Curt Tueffert, the VP of Sales Development at DXP Enterprises. Curt is a renowned speaker, trainer, and author with over four decades of experience in sales and sales management. Known for his dynamic personality and innovative approach, Curt shares his journey from computer programming to becoming a leading figure in sales.

 

Curt’s Journey in Sales: Curt’s career began in computer science, but his big personality and knack for teaching led him to the front of the classroom, and eventually into sales. His journey is a testament to the power of adaptability and seizing opportunities. Over the years, Curt has worked with numerous startup companies, run his own business, and spoken professionally across the United States and internationally.

 

The Leadership Academy at DXP Enterprises: One of Curt’s significant contributions at DXP Enterprises is the creation of the Leadership Academy. This year-long program is designed to cultivate leadership skills among mid-level managers and promising young professionals. The academy covers a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, high-impact communications, budgeting, finance, change management, and more. The program culminates in a TED-style talk where participants present their learnings and how they have applied them in their professional and personal lives.

 

Curt explains, “It’s been nothing but wildly successful. We’ve seen tremendous growth and engagement from our participants, and it’s creating a buzz within our organization. When we open up enrollment for the next class, we’re expecting even more interest.”

 

Challenges and Resilience: Curt also shares some of the challenges he has faced in his career, particularly in selling ideas upward within the organization. He emphasizes the importance of resilience and timing in leadership. Despite facing setbacks, he remained committed to his vision and continued to push forward, ultimately achieving success.

 

Teaching and Public Speaking: In addition to his role at DXP, Curt teaches sales and business communication at the University of Houston. His commitment to education and professional development extends beyond his corporate role, allowing him to share his extensive knowledge and experience with the next generation of sales professionals.

 

Curt’s experience as a public speaker and author has significantly contributed to his professional development and leadership style. His ability to communicate complex concepts in an engaging and accessible manner has made him a sought-after speaker and trainer.

 

Customer Engagement and Future Trends: Curt is often referred to as the “customer engagement whisperer.” He believes that building trust, listening actively, and understanding the customer’s needs are key elements to creating lasting value and maintaining strong relationships. Looking ahead, Curt discusses the impact of AI and technology on the sales industry. He emphasizes that while technology can handle repeat orders and automation, the human element of sales—building relationships and understanding customer needs—remains irreplaceable.

 

Professional Identity and Legacy: Curt reflects on his professional identity and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. He aims to be more than just a job title, focusing on being a connector and a motivational leader. By doing so, he hopes to leave a lasting impact on the world of sales and leadership.

 

Fun Facts and Personal Insights: To add a personal touch, Curt shares some fun facts about himself, including his habit of wearing blue on Mondays. He also reveals that if he could have dinner with any historical figure, it would be Tony Robbins, to understand his lifelong commitment to feeding a billion people.

 

Final Thoughts: Curt concludes with a piece of advice that has guided him throughout his career: “Do the right thing next and the next thing right.” This philosophy emphasizes the importance of making thoughtful decisions and executing them with integrity.

 

For those interested in connecting with Curt, he is active on LinkedIn and Facebook, and can be reached via email at [email protected].

 

Join us on Boardsi Leadership Talks for more insightful conversations with inspiring leaders like Curt Tueffert. Until next time!

Martin Rowinski (00:00.802)
Welcome to another episode of Boardsi Leadership Talks, where we dive deep into the journeys and insights of today’s most dynamic leaders. I’m your host, Martin Rowinski and today we have a very special guest, Curt Tueffert Curt is the VP of Sales Development at DXP Enterprises, a renowned speaker and trainer and the author of multiple books. Known as the professional duck herder,

Salesforce Power Pioneer and Selling Skills Sherpa among other impressive titles. Curt has over four decades of experience in sales and sales management. His innovative leadership academy at DXP is shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Curt, welcome to the show.

Curt Tueffert (00:52.948)
Hey Martin, it’s good to be here. Thank you very much for having me.

Martin Rowinski (00:55.746)
I’m excited. I haven’t really had anybody that’s that deep in sales and with 40 years of it. So I’m excited to hear your point here.

Curt Tueffert (01:06.196)
You bet. Fire away.

Martin Rowinski (01:08.066)
Awesome. So to get started, let’s start with your journey. You’ve had a remarkable career, obviously spending over 40 years in sales and management. Can you share with us how it all began and what led you to your current role at DXP Enterprises?

Curt Tueffert (01:25.844)
You bet. It all began when I graduated college. I wanted to do something in the world of computer science and I got a degree in computer science and I ended up not getting into a sales career at first. I was actually a computer programmer. And as I was computer programming, they saw me as more of a disruptor because computer programming back then were quiet kind of analytical people and

I’m this big personality. So the team said, why don’t you train all of the people on the software that you’re writing? So then I got to the front of the classroom and from there, the sales journey just took a life of its own. I heard a speaker when I was in college, John Neiberg, a seven time Olympic gold medalist in the US swimming side. And I rushed the stage and I just wanted to be just like John Neiberg. And he told me, you know, he’s got seven Olympic gold medals. What do I have? And I got nothing.

Martin Rowinski (01:54.762)
You

Curt Tueffert (02:22.9)
So I went back to college and changed and I got a degree in speech communication and in computer science, started my journey in my twenties into a sales career speaking and then just kind of use that sales to speak, speak to sell, and then moved my way in through my thirties to many, many startup companies, one of those serial entrepreneurs and had my own business for a while and did a lot of professional speaking across the United States and internationally.

And then just decided it was time for me to find some stability. And this company, DXP, saw my gifts, saw my skills, and brought me aboard to manage their Houston -based sales team. From there, I grew that position into the whole VP of Sales Development. And we’re now a $1 .7 billion publicly traded company with over 350 outside and inside sales pros. So the journey has been nothing short of just a dream for me.

and I get to play in my sandbox every day, Martin, and it’s just been fun.

Martin Rowinski (03:23.562)
Well, when I play golf, I don’t like to play in the sandbox, just FYI.

Curt Tueffert (03:29.108)
Some people do that on purpose because they can control the shot getting out, but not me.

Martin Rowinski (03:33.826)
Yeah, no, not me either. It’s funny that you said computer science, because I actually, most people don’t know. I started in college in computer science too, and after year one, I was like, this is boring. I’m going to blow my brains out. It wasn’t for me. So I ended up switching to CIS with a marketing option. Still kind of computer related, but even that, to be honest with you, was not for me. So here I am.

Curt Tueffert (04:03.604)
Yeah, many years later, but it seemed like you’re in front of the camera doing a lot more of that people connection business.

Martin Rowinski (04:10.498)
Yeah, I do love that. I love meeting people and exploring that. So living my dream, living in my sandbox, as you said. So at DXP, and obviously, I mean, it’s a publicly traded company, over a billion dollars, you guys are huge. But you have developed a leadership academy that’s making a significant impact. Can you tell us more about the leadership academy and what inspired you to create it?

Curt Tueffert (04:37.236)
Absolutely, Martin. That is absolute passion of mine. It started four years ago. The person who created it, Leroy Sell, he wanted something to generate some leadership within the manufacturing side of our business. We heard about it because it was kind of a Skunk Works, kind of a quiet little project. It wasn’t actually sponsored in a corporate environment. I heard about it and I enrolled in the class in the 2023 -2024.

2022, 2023 class. And I went through it as a student. And then I told Leroy, I said, hey, I think this thing can scale. So we went to the corporate senior management team. We shared with them our vision of scaling this leadership academy throughout the entire corporation. And they said, okay, we’ll see where that goes. So because I’m a sales guy and I’m highly competitive, we graduated the second class back in at the…

at the end of 2022 -ish, 23, with 12 people. We enrolled 62 people for this current flight, if you will. And so we’ve got three sessions. We have a Tuesday session, a Thursday session, and then I kept the door open for all the late people who wanted to jump in, and I scheduled a third session. So for the listeners, let me just share with you, it’s one year. It’s a different leadership module once per month.

It’s a Zoom -based call, two hours. There’s homework. There are some assignments. And we take people through a leadership journey for modules one through 11, which includes the disc profile, the emotional intelligence quotient, high impact communications, budgeting, finance, change management, a little bit on hiring and firing, stress management.

And then in module number 10, we talk about branding. Module number 11, we talk about how to craft a presentation. And then all of the students have to do a Ted talk, some type of a 10 minute talk in Zoom format where you articulate three ideas or three principles you generated or got from the class and how you’ve applied them in your business or personal life. And so as we, you and I are…

Curt Tueffert (07:01.844)
recording this, we are going to launch this at the end of June where all of these students will be going through this. And so I have two classes, Leroy has one. It’s caused such a tremendous buzz within our organization that when we open up enrollment for the 2024, 2025 class, we’re probably getting another 60. And it is a monetized class, meaning that if you want to…

enter into the class, we do charge a dollar amount, even though in a public company, it’s passing money from one general ledger code to another, but there’s still some skin in the game there so that there’s value because I buy a bunch of product and we distribute the product. They get a leather binder and then they get a notebook. Then they get the assessments and they contribute through SharePoint. It’s been nothing but wildly successful.

Martin Rowinski (07:58.05)
That’s amazing. And before I go to the next question, I’d like to touch base a couple of things. I mean, everything you said, and it’s a one year class, which is awesome. You’re not trying to obviously rush through anything. I mean, I write articles about literally everything you mentioned. I’ve been very focused on branding because it’s something we actually launched for all of our executive members at Boardsi. And I know how powerful branding is.

I was actually surprised to hear you say that you guys have that as a class part of leadership and then making them do a Ted talk. So it’s funny that you said all those things because I’m actually working on after my 20th week article finishes publishing, I’m going to be working on exactly that, which is a workshop. And then at the end of the workshop, they got to present for eight to 10 minutes. So,

Curt Tueffert (08:49.748)
Wow, at least I know I’m in good company with your expertise, Martin.

Martin Rowinski (08:53.25)
Well, if you need a guest speaker, let me know. I’ll come in and say a couple of words. But yeah, that’s incredible. And you’re doing this obviously internally at DXP for DXP employees.

Curt Tueffert (09:05.204)
That is correct. What we’ve tried to do is we’ve tried to find people in a mid -level management position or a younger potential that we want to promote into a management position. So we say, look, we could pick a lot of other people for this leadership academy. We’re picking you and we’re bringing you in. So we have four post -college graduates. They come to us, they’ve been with us, and we’ve accelerated them through this because we know that these new college graduates,

need to hit the ground running with a challenge. So we’ve asked them to audit the class as if they were managing people or processes. And we have a very aggressive portion of our company we call Supply Chain Management. And we take these young college graduates, we move them into positions of authority, whether they’re authority over a site or people, quickly. And we try to develop them to see what their metal is. We kind of test them in the field.

Martin Rowinski (09:56.034)
Amazing.

Martin Rowinski (10:02.114)
That’s amazing. And I mean, I know for a fact, if they go through this course, their career trajectory will change. I mean, becoming an authority is and branding, obviously, along with that, thought leadership, all those things play so big because your upper people will look at that person differently. Am I right?

Curt Tueffert (10:23.444)
We are definitely in fact, part of the marketing and promotion as you well know is when these people do their Ted talks at the end of this month, I’ve invited all senior management. I’ve invited some specific managers who may want to send their people to the next leadership class. So the tent is open. These students who are graduating will probably have 15, maybe 30 different non -leadership people watching them in the Zoom call because they want to see.

just what Leroy Sell and I have produced. Is this a quality product? Is it enough that I want to get my people behind it? And I think they’ll find this is going to be highly successful.

Martin Rowinski (11:03.587)
Awesome. So happy to hear that. Big companies are actually focused on that lower level and getting them promoted, getting them excited about their career. That’s good to hear. Specifically about you though, obviously every leader faces challenges in their life. What is one major challenge you’ve encountered in your career and how did you overcome it?

Curt Tueffert (11:27.892)
Well, right, you know, the challenges in my career, a lot of it is selling up the organization. I’m in charge of developing sales training for our sales people so they can go out there and sell all of our products and services. I still have to sell my ideas upwardly. And it was as recent as 18 months ago, we were launching an idea, another gentleman, one of my peers. We thought it was great. We did all of our research. We submitted it to the.

president and the senior management team and we presented it in a professional manner and we were shot down. And I thought, wow, that hurt. However, I realized it wasn’t so much my idea, which a bad idea, it was the timing. At the same time that we were launching this great idea, I was in charge of launching a CRM rollout within our sales force. And talk about a career challenge. When you’re taking a piece of software into the

industrial distribution market. And we don’t typically use automated software in this market. It was very, very difficult to get the adoption from the field. And it fell right on my shoulders. It was my responsibility. And so I would say one of the career challenges was how do I maintain facial positivity? How do I maintain my mental acuteness when I’m pushing a rock uphill here and I’m feeling

a lot of resistance from the field. And again, my reputation, being with the company 20 years, is on this rollout. And so I had a lot of pressure and there was some difficult times in that market.

Martin Rowinski (13:06.626)
Well, here you are, though.

Curt Tueffert (13:08.756)
Well, yeah, I think my resiliency finally kicked in and I’m like, look, you know, I got to realize where my, where I stand here and what we can do and pick my battles, pick the battles. I know that I’ve got a higher success of winning. And then, you know, every day, just go home, shake it off and come back. It’s it, if you, if you just take it home with you and carry it like some kind of a pet project, it could eat you alive. And I think that’s just something we need to not do anymore.

Martin Rowinski (13:35.202)
Yeah, absolutely. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in addition to your work at DXP, you also teach sales and business communication at University of Houston.

Curt Tueffert (13:48.244)
Yes, sir. I used to teach a lot more during the week. The University of Houston here in Houston, Texas, went through a metamorphosis on their business side to getting their master’s program. And I was working teaching at the graduate level, and I had the fortunate opportunity for three years to teach at the graduate level there. And then they went through a re -accreditation. And so they had to scrub some of their professors that didn’t have all the degrees behind their name. I had the…

30 years of experience, but not the degree. So I stayed in the undergraduate and I teach in the summers. I teach a sales and marketing class. It’s four, eight hour Saturdays. So the challenge I have is how do I keep 50 to 60 students challenged in the summer on a Saturday in a subject that some of them want to take and others just need it to get out of that university system. So again, it’s a full -time sales job.

when you’re being a teacher.

Martin Rowinski (14:48.482)
Yeah, and obviously for you to do that, you find it rewarding.

Curt Tueffert (14:55.668)
I absolutely do. I think I have a heart of a teacher. I think I could have chosen a career in just carrying a bag and being a sales guy and crushing quotas, but I became a manager and a mentor. That’s, I think that’s where my gifts lie. I do a lot of sales facilitation, so I have the ability to assimilate a lot of different information and then try to bring it back out in easy bite -sized chunks. So I know that’s what I’m passionate about. So why not do what I love rather than what I hate?

Martin Rowinski (15:24.482)
Yeah, absolutely. And obviously you already mentioned that, but you’re a well -known speaker and an author of several books. How has public speaking and writing contributed to your professional development and leadership style on top of that?

Curt Tueffert (15:38.452)
That’s a great question. You know, when I had my own company and I was paid to be a professional speaker, you have to be very good at what you do because it’s a crowded field. I don’t have a name that people would understand or know. I don’t, I’m not an athlete or I’m not Matthew McConaughey or something of that nature. I’m not Zig Ziglar or Tony Robbins. So I had to pick the areas where I could get really, really good. And I picked a few niches.

where my sales expertise could be articulated. I had a partner, Jim Jacobus, and we both knew that to set yourself apart in public speaking is you’ve got to be an author. So I took the concepts of my keynote and I made it into a book. And then I used that book and I could use it for sales or leadership or customer service. And that was a back of the room sales product ties, kind of a speaking engagement or a bundle, you know, maybe.

you know, to get a better price, I could bundle in the books or I could reduce my upfront fee in order to sell back of the room. And it was a phenomenal journey. I’ve used every tool to get well in front of the camera or in front of a large audience. I use one of them in a small audience. So if I’m speaking to 2000 people on a keynote, or if I’m speaking to eight people in a sales training, one is 35 to 60 minutes of flash, big keynote.

Something else is eight hours of taking a concept, breaking it down, applying it to the person, having them understand it, them trying and testing it, being accepted of it, and then moving to the next concept and the next concept. So I have felt that has caused me to be extremely well -rounded.

Martin Rowinski (17:27.426)
Awesome. So I’ve heard that you’ve been referred to as customer engagement whisperer. What do you believe are the key elements to creating customer value and maintain strong customer relationship?

Curt Tueffert (17:43.956)
I think the first thing the customer has to understand is that, or we have to understand the customer has to buy us. I’ve got to buy Martin. You come across on the screen, you’re strong, you’re confident. I think you can light up the room when you enter it. I bought you. I think a customer has to buy the sales pro and then we have to have integrity. We have to listen with both ears and only talk when we need to. Asking open -ended questions.

drawing people into the conversation, really trying to be curious about what it is that the customer is seeking from us, and then try to use empathy to understand, is there a solution that I might be able to provide once I fully understand the challenge or the problem? And here at DXP, we use the impact sales process. And one of the great images is looking at a tree where you’ve got the

tree top, you’ve got the green leaves, then you’ve got the trunk of the tree, then you’ve got the roots. And sometimes we think about the customer’s needs as those green leaves at the top of the tree. If you’re looking at my screen, you can see behind me, lots of green leaves on the top of the tree. Those are the surface level needs. Underneath that, underneath the dirt, if you will, are the roots. That’s the wants. What is it that the customer really wants?

And then when we really feel that we have a relationship, why? Why is it that you want that? If I can get to the why, I’ve got a relationship and I can perhaps help that customer beyond your price or beyond the delivery or beyond the I’ve got three vendors, why do I need a fourth one? It’s helping people get to that point.

Martin Rowinski (19:32.866)
Yeah. And speaking of being busy, you’re a teacher, obviously a VP. You got the leadership going. I mean, you got a lot of different titles and different hats you’re wearing. How do you define your professional identity and what legacy do you hope to leave behind in the world of sales and leadership?

Curt Tueffert (19:56.884)
Wow, we could be here all day unpacking that one. I could call you Dr. Martin, you’re my counselor. You touch on legacy and you touch on identity. And I think especially for people who are in a career, for myself, when you start hitting certain age milestones, our identity is what we do. When we go to a party, people ask us, what do you do? And so we have to identify with, I’m an insurance, I’m a…

Martin Rowinski (19:59.49)
Hahaha!

Curt Tueffert (20:25.492)
I’m a sales guy, I’m an accountant. And we wrap our identity around a label of what we do. I want to be somebody that gets away from that and says, you know, that’s what I do. But what I really am is that motivational person. I want to be able to be the connector. I really believe that there’s a lot more to be done if we’re in a connector. Hey, I know a guy in leadership, his name is Martin. He’s doing this thing. Why don’t we connect with him or

I need somebody that’s looking for something, a connector. And then the job that we have is just the skin that we put on when we do what we need to do. And it’s easy to say, but it’s hard to unbuckle yourself, if you will, from your identity. And some of us on this call might be thinking of retiring in the next one, two, five years. And what happens when you don’t do what you do? What happens when you don’t report to a desk or a terminal or a cubicle anymore?

Can you live outside the identity of the title of the job that you have? And that’s where leadership comes in because we, you and I, we need to lead people through this journey to be more than just the title or whatever it says in their computer payroll system. We need to move them into kind of a full -fledged human being rather than a human doing.

Martin Rowinski (21:50.242)
I so strongly agree. It’s hard for me to imagine ever retiring because I don’t think I ever will. My wife always says, entrepreneurs never retire. So apparently I’m not.

Curt Tueffert (22:03.604)
Well, you know, someone once told me retirement from what to what. So, so I may not do this J O B, but I’m sure I’ll be selling or doing sales training or, you know, when I talk, when I go to universities, there’s a, there’s one university close to us here in Houston, Texas, A They’ve got some of the brightest professors in their early seventies teaching because there’s no tenure in teaching at that university level. And so you’re getting.

Martin Rowinski (22:08.29)
There you go.

Curt Tueffert (22:33.3)
somebody who’s got maybe five or six decades of experience teaching you physics, mathematics, engineering, sales, business. Where are you going to get that kind of amazing tribal knowledge? So I don’t think people need to hit the R or the ripcord of retirement unless that’s something that they choose to do because they want to spend their life adventuring, RVing, loving grandkids, you know.

Martin Rowinski (22:48.61)
Yeah.

Curt Tueffert (23:03.092)
I’m all for that. We have one giant planet and I don’t think we’re going to be able to touch it all. So let’s see how much we can touch before we have to say goodbye.

Martin Rowinski (23:04.45)
Yeah.

Martin Rowinski (23:08.93)
No.

Love it. Focusing a little bit back on sales, what trends do you foresee in the sales industry and how should professionals prepare to adapt to those changes?

Curt Tueffert (23:24.244)
That’s a great question. When you think sales, Martin, you think AI, generative AI, it’s going to take my job away. I don’t think so. Not in our lifetime, because selling is a face -to -face game, and we can see micro -expressions on people’s faces that maybe an AI chat box can’t see. What I see is we got to get away from being that information spewer.

and being more of the relationship. I still think the world is complicated that a sales professional can navigate somebody through the technicalities of answering their questions, solving their problem, exceeding their challenges. Where I see the shift is where the tools of AI and technology will be in the order processing, repeat order development. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago, Martin, before you and I used to enter.

a bank or enter a grocery store. Now came the pandemic and now I can online shop, I can drive to the number six in the parking lot, pop my trunk and other human beings will come and fill my trunk with all of my groceries. Well, that’s kind of where I see the commoditization of some part of the sales process is using technology to fulfill the repeat orders, but

Martin Rowinski (24:39.042)
Yep.

Curt Tueffert (24:49.332)
I still think you’re going to need people to ask the tough questions to help them really get that initial technology done. And then once it’s done and it gets to the repeat, then automation is going to come in. So we’ve got to be on the top of our relationship game.

Martin Rowinski (25:06.53)
absolutely. I agree. And you know, there’s been a lot of talk about and fear from people AI and refine, you know, taking my job. I mean, it’s nothing. It’s not the first time we’ve been around, right? I mean, when automotive industry went through the whole automation, you know, those people were fearing it too. And yet here we are. And there’s plenty people working in those factories making the cars. So

I don’t see anything different. I think it actually created a lot of jobs. People just have to accept it, learn it, and utilize it to do their job better. But yeah, it’s not going to replace emotions or have empathy. So.

Curt Tueffert (25:40.692)
You bet.

Curt Tueffert (25:46.164)
Not in our lifetime, though, we may get some scary things in the future, but that’s going to create a whole new set of job skills. And then somebody is going to have to sell the robot to the Burger King. Somebody is going to have to sell the robot to the dispensing counter. And then that’s a wholesale process again.

Martin Rowinski (25:47.906)
No, no, definitely not.

Martin Rowinski (26:02.882)
Yeah, absolutely. Well, to kind of slow things down and have some fun, I got a couple of fun questions. What’s a little known fact about you that might surprise our audience?

Curt Tueffert (26:10.164)
Okay, break.

Curt Tueffert (26:18.548)
that I tend to wear blue on Mondays.

Martin Rowinski (26:21.538)
Only on Mondays?

Curt Tueffert (26:23.316)
Every Monday I always wear blue. It’s just, I’ve been doing that for 35 years. So I don’t know why that’s a weird trendy thing, but that’s a little known fact of me. Yeah.

Martin Rowinski (26:32.514)
That’s funny. If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why?

Curt Tueffert (26:41.812)
Well, you know, top of mind, historical figure, I want to have dinner with Tony Robbins. And not because of the motivational side, but how did he decide that he wanted to feed a billion people? I mean, what caused that? I mean, I’ve heard the story about Thanksgiving and the knock on the door, but it sustained him for his entire life. And again, I don’t know very many people who have a goal in their teens and then they execute it in their sixties. I mean, that’s…

Martin Rowinski (26:52.066)
Mmm.

Curt Tueffert (27:09.012)
That’s who I want to have dinner with, amongst so many other people, but boy, that wouldn’t be a bad historical figure, sure.

Martin Rowinski (27:12.002)
Yeah.

That would be pretty awesome actually. I shook his hand once. He’s a big guy, by the way. He’s a big guy, surprising. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Curt Tueffert (27:21.908)
I’m sure his hand is the size of someone’s thigh. It’s huge.

Curt Tueffert (27:33.588)
Yeah, I think, and I’ve used it to the point of where, you know, do the right thing next and the next thing right. So you get a little bit of that in the, in the recovery groups, do the right next thing, but it’s been turned around to do the right thing next, which means whatever it is that you’re about to do, make sure you’re doing it right. And make sure that it is the right thing that you’re doing. So in sales, do the right thing next, follow up and do the next thing right.

be very good at follow up. Don’t call and say, hey, man, I’m just touching base or hey, man, I just want to find out how that quotes looking. That’s not doing it right. That’s just being an amateur. But it’s that little cyclical do the right thing next, whether it’s sales management in your relationship, do the right thing next, what would that would be. And then when you do that, make sure you do it right. Be present. That’s the right thing you need to do. But be present.

Don’t have your cell phone with you to be present. Be present and do it right and listen with both ears in one mouth.

Martin Rowinski (28:39.778)
Curt, that was awesome. Love that message. It’s been a pleasure having you on the show, but before we wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with our listeners? How can they get hold of you? Anything.

Curt Tueffert (28:52.788)
You bet. You know, I love to pay it forward. I’m on LinkedIn. I’m on Facebook. I mean, there’s only one Curt Two Fert and you can find me there. Yeah. Easy to find me. You know, I might, I have a Gmail address. So it’s my first initial C with my last name Two Fert at gmail .com shoot me, hit me up. I have all sorts of different things that I could share.

Martin Rowinski (29:01.314)
I can vouch for that by the way. That was easy to find you.

Curt Tueffert (29:18.388)
I’m not here to solicit. It’s really my chance to give back to you and your listeners. And from there, we both grow.

Martin Rowinski (29:26.69)
That’s awesome. I think you’re on an awesome journey and I love the fact that you love giving back. I feel that for sure. So thank you so much, Curt. And yeah, and to our listeners, thank you for joining us on Boards Eye Leadership Talks and make sure to subscribe for more insightful conversations with inspiring leaders like Curt. Until next time.

Curt Tueffert (29:38.356)
Thanks, Martin.

 

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