Category Archives: Self Development

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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Why self-discipline and being organised pays

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Being organised makes good dollars and cents. To be on track with your sales quota you need to be organised, have a plan you stick to, and use a system for effective selling. It’s never too late to start, regardless of where you are on the road towards realising your sales targets. All it really […]

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The vital life (& sales) skill of Reflection

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As I sit at my desk writing this article I am reflecting on the past 4-5 weeks where sitting at my desk and taking time to think, ponder, and reflect on ideas, my team, my work, our strategy, our wellbeing and so on has been few and far between. On one hand I am grateful […]

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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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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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Lessons for Sales from ‘Good to Great’

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Jim Collins (author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t”) stimulates a thought that many sales managers should be asking themselves right now: “What makes good salespeople great?” At Barrett we work with sales managers and salespeople every day, and recently asked that question of a number of people in […]

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Sales Trend 5 – The New Accountability in Holistic (sales) Learning

Sales Trend 5 of our Sales Trends Report for 2015 is about the new accountability is holistic learning. Learning and Development (L&D) across the board, and especially in sales, has slowly but continuously been changing over the past few years. There are a variety of factors influencing this recent development. The ongoing challenge through these […]

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