Have you ever been in a meeting, and suddenly found yourself tempted to quote a classic line from a film as if it were you’re own? Well if like me you usually struggle to recall that “killer” quote at the vital moment, then here is a reminder of some of the great movie lines of all time that apply to business………..

  1. “Even a good decision if made for the wrong reasons, can be a bad decision”- Governor Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean (2006).
  2. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” – Don Corleone, The Godfather.
  3. “There are three ways to make a living in this business – be first, be smarter, or cheat”- John Tuld, Margin Call (2011).
  4. “Smile, it enhances your face value” – Truvy Jones, Steel Magnolias (1989).
  5. “No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the world” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society (1989).
  6. “Never burn bridges, as todays junior prick is tomorrows senior partner” – Katherine Parker, Working Girl (1988).
  7. “My number one rule is to hope for the best, and plan for the worst” – Noah Vosen, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  8. “A 25% slice of something is better than a 100% slice of nothing” – Fast Eddie Felson, The Hustler (1961).
  9. “Think big, think positive, and never show any sign of weakness. Always go for the throat. Buy low, sell high”. – Louis Winthorp III, Trading Places (1983).
  10. “The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room” – Frank Lucas, American Gangster (2007).
  11. “Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn’t quit, and he struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse” – Frank Abagnale Sr, Catch me if you can (2002).
  12. “A – B- C. A – Always, B – Be, C – Closing. Always be closing”. – Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
  13. “Your born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day, you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what shit even looks like – welcome to the layer cake son” – Eddie Temple, Layer Cake (2004).
  14. “Show me the money” – Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire (2006)
  15. “Greed, for the lack of a better word is good. Greed is right. Greed works, clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, and for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind” – Gordon Gecko, Wall Street (1982).
  16. “let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a rich man, and I’ve been a poor man….and I choose rich every f**king time” – Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street (2014).
  17. “There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you the reason he can’t. Either way, a sale is made – the only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Now be relentless, that’s it, I’m done”. – Jim Young, Boiler Room (2000).
  18. “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you, you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period. Alright?” – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).
  19. “Big things have small beginnings, sir” – T E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
  20. “Lunch is for wimps” – Gordon Gecko, Wall Street (1987).

This list was compiled by Peter Nicholls, CEO of Ideology Consulting. For more information about what Ideology Consulting can do for your estate agency, go to www.ideologyconsulting.co.uk .