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Elite athletes find key to corporate success

For Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe and now Stephanie Rice and Michael Phelps Olympic success has literally brought fame and fortune … but their high profile success is not just about the colour of their medals. With the Olympics just over I can’t help but think of all the other athletes who won medals and […]

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Daring to be Different (part 2)

Here is the second of two articles about recruiting top performing sales people and daring to do so from outside of your industry. Even though I have not worked as a traditional recruitment consultant for more than 14 years many of my long standing clients still talk about those ‘out of the box’ placements we […]

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Don’t confuse quantity for quality, or biggest for best

Attracting and Searching for Candidates Just like sales, in today’s market you need a combination of ‘Push & Pull ‘ contact strategies for finding the right candidates for your business. Advertising alone is not likely to yield the candidates you seek. When you decide to recruit externally, the following methods are available to select from: […]

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Great Story Tellers

I have noticed that good sales people are often great storytellers. They have the ability to find the right story to resonate with your situation. They speak from experience and you know they know their stuff. They can paint a picture that is your picture and get you visualizing success in partnership with them. They […]

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Thinking of promoting your best sales performer to sales manager? Think again!

Many businesses have made the mistake of promoting their best performing sales person into the role of sales manager. Their logic – well they are great at selling, they’ll be great at sales management. Sadly most of these situations end in disaster. To start off the top performing sales person has usually been given no […]

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Healthy Salespeople – Healthy Sales Results

Warning! This might sound like your mother. As I have stated previously, 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. They are self disciplined, self managed and take good care of themselves. You only have […]

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Trust-based relationships

I typed ‘Sales’ into youtube.com the other day just to see what was on offer. I have to say that some of the initial videos displayed on the front page were very disappointing indeed, especially when it came to building trust-based relationships with clients. One well-known speaker was spruking ways to get your prospect to […]

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Same, Same but Different

I came across some research on sales motivation which seems to shed some further light on why it is important to use programs which are culturally specific to your sales peoples motivations and values. A major study of sales motivation presented at the annual convention of the Society for Marketing Advances has revealed significant cultural […]

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Getting Sales Recruitment Right

Your small business is growing and diversifying. You’ve experimented with bringing in an inexperienced sales person (who did not work out). You realise you need a more experienced direct sales person, but you don’t know where to go or what to look for. All you know is you need a sales person who is able […]

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