Category Archives: Education in Sales

7 things you need to know about the Craft of Selling

We can agree: Everybody lives by selling something – whether it be ideas, initiatives, visions, products, services or solutions. Selling is ubiquitous – ever present in our daily lives, internally and externally.  Selling is the vehicle that allows opportunity to flourish and people to prosper. Nothing happens until something gets sold. However: As ever present […]

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Unethical Selling, not Selling, should be on trial at the Banking Royal Commission

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With the handing down of the Interim Report from the Banking Royal Commission, Commissioner Hayne was scathing in his assessment of the banking finance sector, especially the big 4 banks and large insurance and investment firms, such as AMP, for enabling their cultures of greed to flourish at the expense of customers’ wellbeing, principled and […]

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The 5 Dimensions for Sales Alignment, Harmony & Success

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As CEOs and sales leaders, we understand that there are many factors that make for a successful sales strategy, operating system and sales team in the competitive, complex, variable world of selling. Leading a sales team and operation is like bringing together an orchestra where there is a fine line between success and failure, being […]

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Is your sales team Sinking or Swimming?

Even with the wide availability of information, sales training resources and systems to get salespeople up to speed and selling, too many salespeople are still being thrown in the deep end without any support or induction, and are expected to sell. Now, if you are an experienced salesperson you would probably navigate your way fairly […]

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Selling isn’t only for salespeople

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Have you ever tried to persuade someone about the merits of a new idea, service or initiative? Most surely you have. Countless times. People do this all the time, since we were born; in our personal, professional and community lives. It is part of being human. So how did your efforts go? Did you get […]

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What does Selling Better mean to sales team’s retention rates?

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What do you make of this statistic? The average tenure of a sales representative across Europe and USA is currently 15 months. Ouch! There are other stats that also show the average staff turnover can be anything around 25-50% per annum, or more in some cases.  Some call centres experience turnover rates of over 70% […]

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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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Sales Trend 1 – The Selling Better Manifesto

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Sales Trend 1 of the Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2018 Report is our Selling Better Manifesto. It talks about the Selling Better Movement and it explains why we have started it. We have created The Selling Better Movement with the hope it will help people understand that there’s a better way of doing business. […]

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Back to sales basics

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I like to keep on top of what is current, what is emerging, and what is still an idea. This is why I make time each week to do research as it helps me navigate my way around the present and into the future. However, I am finding there is so much to read, so […]

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Why we can all benefit from thinking like a ‘freak’

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Steven Levitt, the co-author of Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, Think like a Freak and When to Rob a Bank, defines thinking like a freak as: “…putting away your moral compass and not worrying about what the answer “should” be, but focusing on what the answer really is. It means thinking hard about causality. It means going beyond […]

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