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Someone has to sell, or you don’t have a business

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Someone has to do the selling or you don’t have a business. I have met many people over the years who have great ideas, skills, processes or inventions but hate the thought of selling.  They usually come from two camps: Camp 1: Those people who understand they have to sell in order to have a […]

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Sales Tips for everyday life situations

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Whether we are a salesperson or not, there are times in our daily lives when knowing how to sell well turns often awkward situations into positive outcomes for everyone. We are social animals. We rely on others for our existence which means we need to engage with others in some way to be able to […]

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12 things we’ve learned so far about Selling Better in a 21st Century world

My team and I have been studying sales teams, salespeople, sales operating systems, sales strategies, sales processes, and sales cultures across a wide variety of industries in the public and private sectors, N4P and government since 1995 and we have seen and learned a lot of things. Here is some of what we have learned: […]

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This didn’t happen in my time …

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Today it happens it is the same to be decent or a traitor To be an ignorant, wise, a pickpocket, a generous person or a swindler All is the same, nothing is better They are the same, a fool and a professor There are no failing grades or hierarchy, the immoral people have caught up […]

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Why Purposeful Optimism is great for business

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I want you to imagine that you are a 24 year old graduate going for job interviews. In this instance, you are being interviewed by a multinational who takes you to the next stage- completing a range of psychometric assessments followed by an interview with a psychologist. Imagine if you will, that this psychologist starts […]

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What are YOU doing to create space for opportunities?

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In recent months, I have deliberately chosen to start each week by writing down this statement: ‘Be open to great opportunities’ This statement appears at the top of my To Do list book that I take with me everywhere. It is handwritten and highlighted with yellow highlighter. I have chosen to do this for several […]

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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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The Optimistic Sales Professional

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Sales is a demanding profession. Top performers know that to sustain a high level of performance, they need to keep fit and well – both physically and psychologically. And there’s a body of research showing that keeping an optimistic outlook and having the physical energy to meet the demands of working in sales are critical […]

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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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Professional Jealousy?

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How those who shame others for selling themselves are the biggest losers Let’s begin with a story about an excellent scientist. Someone so passionate and competent about his subject area that he happily and productively spent years studying the topic, getting to know it deeply and how it affects the world; how it is part […]

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