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Category Archives: Attitudes & Behaviours

The 7 differences between Selling, Marketing & Networking

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As I have stated before I am a stickler for using correct definitions when describing concepts and their elements. In music, science, mathematics, physics and engineering we do not usually debate the definition of these constructs. We accept that a crotchet is a crotchet, a prime number is a prime number and so on. No […]

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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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Why everybody benefits from knowing when to say ‘NO’

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Seth Godin is a master at providing pithy, sage advice and I couldn’t go past a recent post of his that really spells out the importance of knowing when to say NO. His article made me recall an earlier article I wrote back on 2007 called ‘Learn to say NO’ which focused on standing up […]

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How do we spot new trends, drive innovation and sell better?

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Recently, the Australian Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull urged and encouraged Australians to be more creative, develop new opportunities and drive innovation to grow our economy and secure a better economic future for us. That’s all well and good but how do we spot new trends, drive innovation, and sell better so as to secure our […]

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Why everybody benefits from being more ‘Otherish’

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What does being ‘Otherish’ mean? Adam Grant, in his bestselling book Give and Take, talks about the concept of “otherish” being the opposite of selfish and different from selflessness. “Otherish” people consider both their own interests and the interests of others simultaneously; they are looking for win-win situations, as opposed to selfless people who may […]

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12 Sales Trends for 2016: Sales Trend 2 – Beware Competitor Zero

Sales Trend 2 of Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2016 is “Beware Competitor Zero”. Competition comes in all shapes and sizes today; direct, indirect, and disruptive; however, there is another competitor in our midst – indecision or no decision. This sales trend is about Competitor Zero – indecision leading to procrastination and no decision. Here […]

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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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How to sell better in uncertain times

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You could be forgiven for starting off 2016 in a rather pessimistic manner given all the ‘doom and gloom’ being spread about economic growth issues, the decline of share markets across the globe and talk of another GFC. Don’t get me wrong, we need to be vigilant and able to adapt and, even if everything […]

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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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Sales Trend 10 – Oops! I’m in sales

Barrett’s Sales Trend 10 for 2015 is ‘Oops! I’m in sales’. The general stereotypical view of selling and salespeople has remained relatively stable over the past 50 or so years, with the most commonly associated words and concepts being fairly specific (i.e. ‘used car salesman’) and/or negative (i.e. ‘pushy’, ‘sleazy’, ‘dishonest’)[1]. Even by people working […]

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