Category Archives: Attitudes & Behaviours

Don’t die wondering, the real secret to sales success – Part I of II: the business

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I know, I know, I know. How many times have we seen the ‘Secrets to Sales Success’ plastered over the internet only to be left disappointed? Usually, these ‘secrets’, once you look into them, either leave you feeling duped because of the unethical biases they take, or you are left with lots of little bits […]

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Metrics for Measuring Solution Selling

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How do we measure sales performance now? As many formally product-focused companies migrate to selling solutions, most overlook one critical component – the way they measure sales performance. Sales people, using a solution-selling approach, generally nurture larger, more complex and lucrative deals; they are engaging in business-level discussions with key executives in prospect companies and […]

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Hone your targeting skills to win more sales

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Investing quality time with prospects delivers better margins and displaces your competitors. One of the time-tested methods for surviving a tough or slow economy is to home in on prospects who match the profile of your most successful customers. This may sound like Sales 101 but it’s worth your attention right now because when times […]

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Sales Trend 9 – Learning Agility

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Sales trend 9 from our 12 Sales Trends Report for 2017 explores how salespeople can navigate the difficult situation of being in a complex sales environment and the need to simplify things for their clients. Salespeople traditionally find themselves in conflicting spaces. A classic situation is the challenge to bring the diverging interests of clients […]

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‘How to manage and help salesmen’ – valuable lessons from 1960

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You might be taken aback by the sexist nature of the title of this article ‘How to manage and help salesmen’. However, if you take into account that this title comes from a book written in 1960 by Charles B. Roth you might be a bit more forgiving. I was given this book by my […]

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No Pain, No Change = No Sale

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Recently I wrote about wanting to tell clients what to do and why we couldn’t even if we know better. The premise was that what may seem so obvious to us may not be obvious to the client or on their agenda at all. Why? Simply put, if the client or prospect does not perceive […]

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Sales Trend 8 – Ordinary Sales Organisations Do More. Extraordinary Sales Organisations Achieve More

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Sales Trend 8 from our 12 Sales Trends for 2017 explore how extraordinary sales organisations can work with marketing to achieve more. With the help of technological disruption, buyers in the past 10 years have dramatically changed how they identify opportunities, evaluate alternatives, and purchase solutions. What has changed? Buyers are no longer calling the […]

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Is your sales problem really a sales leadership problem?

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Of course every business wants their sales people to prospect more, close more sales, produce more consistent sales results, achieve their sales targets/budgets, have happy, loyal clients, and so on. Some of the most common questions we hear from sales managers, sales leaders and CEOs are:  ‘How do we get our sales people to sell […]

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Rethinking our economy… How do we sell in a Circular Economy with Doughnut Economics?

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Go out on a limb It’s hard not to notice that we all have quite a bit on our agendas; lots of things competing for our time and attention; too many things that are likely to leave us feeling overwhelmed, overloaded and often confused. People are asking lots of questions, e.g.:  Which way to turn? […]

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Why I want to tell you what to do, but I won’t, even if I know better

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We’ve all been there How many times do we want to tell our clients what to do? After only a few sentences uttered by them we, of course, know immediately what their issue is. We’ve seen it 10s or 100s of times before. It seems so obvious to us what they should do. “If only […]

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