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Category Archives: Communication

Trust is the heartbeat of business, sales and society

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I have been writing about Trust in sales and business for many years; however, this year has seen a rise in my output on this topic, especially with the fallout from the Banking Royal Commission with posts such as: The Flight to Ethical Selling – how the banks can avoid a royal commission What does […]

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Sales Trend 3: Human Centred Selling – designing Empathetic Customer Centric Cultures

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Sales Trend 3 from the Barrett 12 Sales Trends Report for 2018 is about Human Centred Selling. Bestselling author and business icon Stephen Covey once said: “When you show deep empathy toward others … That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems”. In this hyper connected world it’s easy to gain access to […]

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Are your sales conferences pumping or slumping?

*** Trigger Warning: May contain traces of sarcasm *** We’ve all been there: a sea of people, pulled together from across the country or region, locked in a windowless room with artificial light, seated at round tables with mints and water, patiently waiting for the parade of presenters to finish their ‘Death by PowerPoint’ presentations […]

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Salespeople beware tire kickers, IP thieves & time wasters

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Selling is a very time consuming set of activities at the best of times. Now with so much choice and complexity, sales cycles are taking even longer –like 20% longer– especially with multiple stakeholders in larger businesses. So it only makes sense that we want to be sure as salespeople that a real deal is […]

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Cringeworthy: how arrogance and ‘seniority’ destroy sales

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Here is a senior manager’s account of a real life, cringeworthy example of when a so called ‘experienced’ senior consultant completely stuffs up a prospective client meeting despite the young graduate, a millennial from the vendor’s company, sitting in the meeting with them instinctively knowing better and trying to do the right thing by the […]

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Why you shouldn’t let rudeness lead to the ruination of business and sales

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In the midst of the trend and hype of ‘customer centricity’, ‘the customer experience (CX)’, ‘customer excellence’ and other such terms it appears there is something amiss – the rise and rise of rudeness, incivility, disrespectful behaviour, and the trend of behaving badly at work. This is not a new phenomenon; however, it is reaching […]

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The Science of Persuasion

The Science Of Persuasion

Forget dictatorships, command and control style approaches, persuasion has a lot more going for it when it comes to better sales, better relationships, better team work, better business outcomes and long term change in actions and behaviour. The term persuasion is most commonly associated with sales people. And there’s a good reason for that. If […]

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Why manners & courtesy are vital for successful selling, businesses & societies

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Sometimes, the seemingly trivial daily acts we perform are the most important. Courtesy is but one example. For instance, while driving your car, do you ever want to switch lanes but are prevented from changing by the heavy traffic? How do you feel when someone, recognising your problem, slows down, waves to you and lets […]

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The power of language and intent in Sales & Coaching

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For the last 5 weeks I have been working around Australia helping a major client get their sales leadership team ready to roll out their new Sales Strategy and Sales Process, their version of ‘the way we sell around here’. It’s been pretty exciting and extremely well received. Why? The language we are using is […]

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Sales Trend 3 – Selling is everybody’s business

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Sales Trend 3 of Barrett’s 12 Sales Trends for 2016 is Selling is everybody’s business. For a long time businesses have been focusing on how to achieve better sales results. Organisations with varying levels of maturity and insight have embarked on many different journeys to get there. Some have been very savvy and have taken […]

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