Category Archives: Sales Results

How to create a new sales routine that delivers results

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We all know that creating a better sales team, better sales culture, better sales leadership and better sales strategy that delivers better sales results does not happen by attending the occasional sales training workshop. Though it doesn’t stop sales leaders from opting for the ‘quick fix’ annual sales workshop to show that they are ‘doing […]

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Sales managers – how coachable are you?

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We read a lot of information and articles about the importance of sales managers being great sales coaches and the impact of coaching on sales results and salespeople’s effectiveness. Like anything, being a great sales coach requires practice, tools, resources and consistent effort. Yes, some sales managers will be naturally inclined to be great coaches […]

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Does your sales force match what you are selling?

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One size does not fit all when it comes to building the right type of sales force for what you are selling; yet many professionals treat selling as a homogeneous skill set, expecting salespeople to be able to sell anything. Or another fatal mistake is to assume that industry experience and knowledge alone is all […]

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‘How we sell around here’ equals sales success

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Many years ago, and for many years, when salespeople were recruited into the sales team of a business they would be schooled in ‘how we sell around here’. New salespeople regardless of their experience would be introduced to the business’ sales plan, target markets and customer segments, the product range, the current sales processes, tools […]

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Lessons for Sales from ‘Good to Great’

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Jim Collins (author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t”) stimulates a thought that many sales managers should be asking themselves right now: “What makes good salespeople great?” At Barrett we work with sales managers and salespeople every day, and recently asked that question of a number of people in […]

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Why using Sales Intelligence helps you close more sales

Whilst many salespeople complain of their frustrations with getting an initial appointment with new prospects, it’s the next step – converting these initial buyer-seller conversations into a presentation opportunity – that should be more of a concern. Research from CSO Insights shows an alarming erosion in the ability to move a sale from an initial […]

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Sales Reporting – Why Bother?

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Recently, I met a very impressive young Sales Manager. Let’s call him Sam. Sam knew his sales stuff. He knew what to look for when it came to accurate reporting of sales data. Nothing too complicated. He was conscious of focussing on the key measures and not overloading his sales team with too much reporting […]

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How buying patterns have changed

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Salespeople everywhere are faced with demands to meet increasingly high quotas in the face of growing market complexity and relentless financial pressure. There is also more competitors with Me2 products –just as good as brand names–, and an increased pressure on margins with buyers reluctant to make early commitments. Salespeople are facing demands like they […]

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What if we sell better instead of only selling more?

What if we aimed to sell better instead of focusing on only selling more? At risk of giving every sales manager and business leader a coronary with this question, especially if we are running behind on our sales targets, I would like us to consider the following proposition. ‘Strive not to be the best company […]

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Top 13 Sales Issues for businesses in 2014

13 common Sales Problems

As we get close to our celebration of 20 years in business we thought we would share with you the most common and critical sales problems that are affecting sales teams large and small, across all sorts of markets and industries in 2014. Here they are: Businesses not making sales quota overall Not enough salespeople […]

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