The Mann group

Your vision is the impetus and inspiration for your business, the heart and soul of your company, the catalyst for your culture—or at least, it should be. At The Mann Group, we help define and articulate your vision and give you the tools to communicate and cultivate that vision in others. We have extensive experience with both B2B and B2C ventures in a range of fields—from mom’n’pop bike shops to craft breweries to international apparel manufacturers—and a vibrant and varied library of knowledge to help you and your company evolve.

MANN U

Go back to school with The Mann Group! This three-day course is perfect for managers and proprietors across industries looking to refine their approach to leadership. In this intensive, intimate “university,” held in our own Asheville or hosted in your hometown, you’ll get schooled in a series of integral tenets of business leadership: learn how to confidently communicate with your employees, master strategies for effective and timeless hiring, and realize your leadership potential.

GEAR

As The Mann Group’s original, time-tested program, GEAR develops personable and engaging sales strategies in employees across positions and industries. Enroll in this frequent course, and you’ll glean techniques to engage with a spectrum of customers and define their desires. Students cultivate the skills to channel those desires into constructive sales and, in turn, increase profits. You’ll also master the art of developing genuine relationships with your customers in order to turn them into regulars.

CONSULTING

The expertise and knowledge of The Mann Group goes far beyond the classroom. “Consulting” is a reductive description of what we do (though we certainly consult, too). Simply put: we’re in the business of helping you, your peers and your employees be successful. From hosting and mediating dealer panels, to conference speaking engagements, to strategic planning and consulting, we do it all, regardless of size, scope, or industry. Not only do we do it, we’ll continue to be a resource for you and your business long after the change begins.

The Mann group

Your vision is the impetus and inspiration for your business, the heart and soul of your company, the catalyst for your culture—or at least, it should be. At The Mann Group, we help define and articulate your vision and give you the tools to communicate and cultivate that vision in others. We have extensive experience with both B2B and B2C ventures in a range of fields—from mom’n’pop bike shops to craft breweries to international apparel manufacturers—and a vibrant and varied library of knowledge to help you and your company evolve.

MANN U

Go back to school with The Mann Group! This three-day course is perfect for managers and proprietors across industries looking to refine their approach to leadership. In this intensive, intimate “university,” held in our own Asheville or hosted in your hometown, you’ll get schooled in a series of integral tenets of business leadership: learn how to confidently communicate with your employees, master strategies for effective and timeless hiring, and realize your leadership potential.

GEAR

As The Mann Group’s original, time-tested program, GEAR develops personable and engaging sales strategies in employees across positions and industries. Enroll in this frequent course, and you’ll glean techniques to engage with a spectrum of customers and define their desires. Students cultivate the skills to channel those desires into constructive sales and, in turn, increase profits. You’ll also master the art of developing genuine relationships with your customers in order to turn them into regulars.

CONSULTING

The expertise and knowledge of The Mann Group goes far beyond the classroom. “Consulting” is a reductive description of what we do (though we certainly consult, too). Simply put: we’re in the business of helping you, your peers and your employees be successful. From hosting and mediating dealer panels, to conference speaking engagements, to strategic planning and consulting, we do it all, regardless of size, scope, or industry. Not only do we do it, we’ll continue to be a resource for you and your business long after the change begins.

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JOURNEYS

with Our Clients

Our extended family of clients have the scars and success stories to prove the positive impact of working with The Mann Group. Don’t take our word for it—read their stories here (don’t worry—they all have happy endings).

Saucony
Sun & Ski Sports
Next Adventure
Interbike
Shimano America
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The Family

SOME OF OUR CLIENTS

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Brenda Dosher
Next Adventure

“I haven’t always taken myself or our industry seriously. Working with the Mann Group really reinforces that outdoor retail is legitimate and is a career. We’re killing it!”

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Chad Pickard
Spoke-n-Sport

“I was fortunate to get involved with The Mann Group almost 10 years ago. We had sales training at my store for all my staff. Ever since then I’ve wanted to bring them back. I have taken every opportunity to hear Dan and Leslie speak at Interbike as well as the IBD Summit. I was even fortunate to be in an NBDA P2 group that they facilitated. What I love about Dan and Leslie is the unwavering confidence and joy they bring to the training table.”

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Karl Salz
Sun & Ski Sports

 

“We like to hire a lot of enthusiasts that are passionate about the activities that they do, but they might not be the most confident working with customers yet, and we have high expectations from a customer service standpoint. We rely on Dan to help us with our strategy. He’s more than a trainer, he’s almost like a partner or a consultant. knowing that we can rely on Dan to help bridge the gap between the decision to hire someone without experience or product knowledge, or with Dan’s help we can hire people who are passionate about their sport and have that built-in product knowledge, we can help them with their confidence, customer service. Hiring enthusiasts knowing we can get them trained and teach them how to interact with cus-tomer. He knows the industry, he’s credible, and he helps people pay attention to training.”

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Steve Palladinetti
Bell’s Bike Shop

“Thanks for taking good care of Evan! He’s got nothing but praise for the entire experience down there, and I can’t wait to tap into his new superpowers over the next few weeks!”

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Susan Fly
Teradata

“I was recently asked who my top three career influencers would be, and it literally took me seconds to answer that question. [Dan] was at the top of that list… I know that you have an impact on people daily and probably hear that often, but I wanted you to know.”

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Adam Higinbothom
Pack Rat

“Mann U and GEAR have done wonders for me personally, as well as our shop as a whole. As I try to explain, the training did not give us any new information. The training taught us how to better gather and use that information for a better customer experience and overall better business.”

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Todd Dalhausser
Saucony

“One thing the running industry is doing is hiring runners, not salespeople. Our staff already know the technical aspects of running. The education we needed was to focus on the overall salesperson and the skills it takes to outfit the whole runner. We needed to cultivate an experi-ence… Partnering with The Mann Group was the solution to our trust issue. The Mann Group is the impartial brand that educates all things retail. If we can find this education, we see a huge value in building strong relationships with our retailers and building upon those relationships. Strong retailers and staff ultimately give back to the running communities we all want to impact.”

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Andrew Conley
Saucony

“I am talking to my retailers about how to increase average ticket, how to grow their pie and drive traffic into the store. In the past, our conversations were about ideas to sell more stuff.”

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Greg F.
River City Bicycles

“It was easy to see that Dan and Leslie are passionate about what they do and they enjoy helping people develop and grow their business. They wanted to be there teaching, and we wanted to be there learning.”

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Deek Heykamp
Next Adventure

“The Mann Group has helped to create a company ‘structure’ for our Company Culture.”

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Andrew Sullivan
Next Adventure

“As we’ve grown to over 100 employees, communication has become increasingly more challenging while becoming more important than ever. The Mann Group has provided us with communication tools that match the needs of our growing company. Working with Dan and Leslie on our long term strategic planning process has not only provided these tools, but has helped us to clearly define what accountability looks like and how it functions within our company and culture.”

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Adam Higinbothom
Pack Rat

“I used to bounce all over the place during training of new and existing staff members; I am not a fan of public speaking so I tend to go fast and scattered. GEAR is a clearly stated outline to follow and has added structure and order to my otherwise ‘organized chaos training.’”

Mann U

Advance and expand your influence as a leader in order to achieve your vision, actualize a cohesive business culture, and increase profitability.

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Gear

Learn how to develop genuine relationships with your customers that drive sales and keep them coming back for more.

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Consulting

Our products and trainings are designed to help you develop your leadership, implement your vision, and accomplish your loftiest goals.

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What is ORBit? 

ORBiT is what makes us tick—or, more accurately, rotate. Our Optimized Reality Behavior Training is the heart, soul, and science of our approach to influence. Adults, unlike kids, are set in their ways (and often stubborn to boot), and getting them to change is a tricky endeavor indeed. That’s why our founder, Dan Mann, developed ORBiT, a six-step system for influencing adult behavior change. It’s the meat and potatoes of all our classes and courses, a best-selling book, and for our graduates, it’s also become their key to effective leadership.

What is ORBit? 

ORBiT is what makes us tick—or, more accurately, rotate. Our Optimized Reality Behavior Training is the heart, soul, and science of our approach to influence. Adults, unlike kids, are set in their ways (and often stubborn to boot), and getting them to change is a tricky endeavor indeed. That’s why our founder, Dan Mann, developed ORBiT, a six-step system for influencing adult behavior change. It’s the meat and potatoes of all our classes and courses, a best-selling book, and for our graduates, it’s also become their key to effective leadership.

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LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN

Feeling inspired? Us too! Check out our calendar of upcoming Mann U and GEAR classes and sign up yourself or your employees. Think your idea’s too big or too small? We say there’s no such thing! Reach out to us directly and we’ll work together to develop a strategy for consultation.

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PO Box 950
Weaverville, NC 28787

Working Hours

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