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Every once in a while another new book on selling appears that claims to have the secret to sales success. Many of these books promote themselves as being the very latest, revolutionary approach to selling. According to their authors and publicists, these sales methods will change the organisation's performance and miraculously improve sales and profits. Just as importantly, these sales methods will bring untold riches, success, glory and honour to those salespeople who embrace them. Depending on the extent of publicity the authors are able to garner and the traffic they generate for their web sites, these "miraculous solutions" become popular and the de rigueur of the day.

We at Barrett question whether these sales methods are really as new as they say they are? We also question whether these sales methods really do represent a revolution in selling and whether they actually work?

What we found we have published in our white paper: The History of Sales Methodologies - why some work and others don't (you can obtain your copy of the whitepaper – at no charge – from our publishing site Sales Essentials Shop). Whilst many different sales methodologies have been introduced and usually sold as sales training packages, most are simply repacked versions of sales methods developed decades ago. The only real revolution in sales methodology (that we could identify) took place in 1968. For a quick overview of the different sales methodologies over the last 200 years you can view the table below which outlines the different types of Selling Methods, when they came into being, their philosophies, who developed them and the key characteristics of the salesperson using those methods.

The History of Sales Methodologies

 

 

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Jennifer Gome, Director Licensing APRA AMCOS
The Sales Culture transformation and competency project we worked on with you in 2008 has been such a great success for our team.  The culture is now fantastic and the morale of the Sales Team is very good.  We aimed for the culture we wanted and got it.  People have settled into their roles and are working out fantastically. It was the planning and thinking behind it that made it work.  The Competency work has, without a doubt, made a difference. The Sales Competencies are 'Gold'. We refer to them all the time and the Sales People are using them as well to develop themselves and have clearer, more accountable, performance reviews.  The competencies helped our team realise how responsible they need to be in their roles.
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