Category Archives: Business Acumen

Warren Buffett’s wisdom and effective sales team

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett Interview

How can we build effective sales teams for the short and long term? This is the perennial question that has been asked by sales managers and business leaders for years. The simple answer is bit by bit, over time by investing wisely in the right things. Warren Buffett knows a thing or two about investing […]

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What we cannot control in sales

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Last week we talked about what we can control and influence in sales, especially in uncertain times.  This week is looking at what we cannot control in sales and how to learn to live with it.  What (and who) we cannot control Let’s face it, we operate in a complex world where many things are […]

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Why we need Sales Superheroes

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Why do we need Sales Superheroes? This question and its answer became evident at the inaugural 12 Sales Trends Annual Business Breakfast hosted by Barrett.  Focusing on what to do in light of the 12 Sales Trends for 2014 – The Thinking Sales Organisation, business and sales leaders from a wide range of industries gathered […]

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The History of Sales Methodologies

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Have you ever wondered just how many sales methodologies are out there and which ones work and which ones don’t? Maybe you haven’t given much conscious thought to this subject but then again maybe you have.  Either way, if you are in sales or run a sales team or business and want to be more […]

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7 differences between Sales and Marketing

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If any business is going to thrive in the 21st century it’s vital that we all have a clear understanding of how Sales and Marketing can work effectively together in our businesses. For too long, there have been unfruitful turf wars between sales and marketing teams. For too long, too many people have been fooled […]

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Why addressing Risk is 3 times more important than the benefits

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Plenty of time and effort is put into talking up the benefits of our products and services in a selling situation. Sales people often focus on why the benefits are important to our clients and how our client will be better off if they buy from us, etc.  This has been the mainstay of sales […]

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Selling Professional Services

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This article first appeared on June 12, 2013 on BRW Professional services providers face a challenge that many within the sector are struggling to come to terms with. For centuries the sector – comprising doctors, lawyers, accountants engineers and the like – enjoyed a somewhat exalted position in society. Ignorance among the general populace, fuelled […]

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