Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo is the founder of Top 50 Distributor Proforma. In Million Dollar Mindset, Greg will discuss what distributors can do to increase their sales and become more successful in business.

The Muzzillo Dictionary of Sales Terminology: The Definition of 'I Will Call You'

In the Muzzillo Dictionary of Sales Terminology, definitions of many key words and phrases aren’t what they appear to be. In my previous article, I shared how the definition of “no” really is “not yet.” Similarly, when a prospect tells you, “I will call you,” what they are really saying is, “I will never call…

The Muzzillo Dictionary of Sales Terminology: The Definition of 'No'

According to most dictionaries, the word “no” means “a denial or a refusal.” But, according to the Muzzillo Dictionary of Sales Terminology, “no” really means “not yet.” To be successful in sales, it is critical to have a mindset that “no” doesn’t mean a denial or refusal of your question or request. No matter what…

Dream Big This Year: 3 Steps to Making More Than $500,000 This Year

Happy New Year. From the day this article is published, you have 363 days left in your new year. You have a clean slate. A fresh opportunity. What will you accomplish with these 363 days? Dream big. Businesses in North America spend almost $300 billion per year on printing and promotional products. You are within…

Happy New Month: Inch by Inch, Life’s a Cinch

As the New Year approaches, most people will make New Year's resolutions. Some will take time to plan their resolutions. Others may make their resolutions on New Year’s Eve as midnight approaches. I’ve tried both approaches. Neither works. It’s hard, perhaps impossible, to change overnight. Most people have great goals in mind when they make…

Too Bad it’s Thanksgiving. (I’m Not Proud of This One)

Back in the early days of building my original Proforma distributorship, I had an appointment with the owner of a furniture store chain. I was on time. He was not. After waiting for half an hour, I asked the receptionist if the owner knew I was there. She informed me that he was filming a…

Muzzillo’s 10 Percent Rule

Over the years I have developed what I call the “Muzzillo 10 Percent Rule.” Simply stated, the rule is that, at any point in time, only about 10 percent of folks are dissatisfied enough with their current situation that they are wide open for change. This is true for end-user customers. Only about 10 percent…

We Were Not Undressing! Putting Some Fun Into Selling

Back when I was growing my original Proforma distributorship, I was teaching one of our newer sales reps how to conduct field calls. In my view, field calling is a lost skill. Sadly, in this day of email and voicemail, salespeople think they don’t need to get out and do field calls. I strongly disagree…

The $500 Million Company With No Headquarters

About 25 years ago, we purchased a great 30,000 square foot office building on a beautiful eight-acre campus. Soon after, I met with the signage company to finalize the wording for our sign. At first it seemed like a no brainer that the sign should read “Proforma Headquarters,” but that wording didn’t align with the…

Persistence, Patience and Pasta

Early on in building my distributorship to $20 million (I sold that business in the early '90s to focus on our franchise model), I realized there were only four activities that would make me wealthy. Today at Proforma we call these the 4 Pillars of Success. Earn new customers. Sell more to current customers. Hire…

CATastrophe

Back in the days of building my own distributorship, I worked hard to secure an appointment with a large prospect in town. It took almost two years of diligent calling and following up, but I finally got an initial appointment. I was very excited about the opportunity. I did a great deal of work to…

Buy The Shrimp Farm: The Power of Negative Selling

When we first started franchising Proforma in the late 1980s, most people in our industry scoffed at our business model. So, we reached out to people outside our industry to start building our franchise concept. In the late 1980s, there was no internet! So we relied on advertising in business publications and attending “own your…

My Worst News Turned Into My Best Decision

I started Proforma in 1978, just one year after graduating from college, in my Cleveland apartment with a $200 investment in a phone answering machine, stationery and a used file cabinet. We grew nicely in those early years. By 1984, we had grown to about $4 million in the Cleveland area. I decided it was…

One News Article = One $1 Million Contract

In my last blog article, I recalled a story from the early days of Proforma, and how a client’s request for 12 spiral rings led to earning a million-dollar customer with 50 percent gross profit. Here’s a story of another million dollar win. Back in those early years building Proforma, my practice was to get…