Crocodile Hunter Lost

Steve Irwin, globally known as The Crocodile Hunter died in a tragic and bizarre accident when, while snorkeling, a sting ray struck up at him. The sharp barb at the end of a ray’s tail can grow to 10 inches in length and are often poisonous as well. The animal hit Irwin in the ribs where the barb pierced his heart. Attempts to revive him were futile.

This is the first time in my life I was upset by the death of a celebrity.

The Crocodile Hunter was an Australian icon who embodied the best in selling skills. He was charismatic. He knew, intimately, everything about every creature he dealt with. He pointed all of us to the uniqueness and diversity that surrounds us.

His single word catchphrase, “Crikey!” became a brand identifier as strong as any logo or television commercial.

I’m a huge nature lover. Growing up on the beaches of California burned into me an awe and appreciation for the wonders of the sea. And nature included the mountains and the desert, each a mere 60 minutes away as well.

Please learn to handle everyone you interact with respectfully. Treat them as unique individuals. Learn to ask great questions that further reinforce how special they are. As systematic as your sales approach might be, no two experiences with prospects are alike. Great sales pros are as flexible as the man who could wrestle an alligator and grab a cobra.

And please join me in offering prayers for strength for Steve Irwin’s wife, Terri and their two children.

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