Sales and Sales Management

Help Your Prospects with Their Buying Decisions
May 17, 2022 Sales and Sales Management
How much information do your prospects need to make a buying decision? Well, that’s a great question, and one you should be asking them. Of course, you can always overwhelm them with data and information that they don’t care about and see where that gets you, but I’d recommend ...
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What Differentiates You From Your Competition?
May 3, 2022 Sales and Sales Management
Perhaps the market is about to tighten, and if that happens, businesses competition will increase. Less order taking and more selling can be a good thing for sales teams as it makes them sharpen their sales skills. Markets go up and they go down. Selling well in either is ...
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Do You Have a Passion for Sales?
October 5, 2021 Sales and Sales Management
An attorney says to his colleague, “When I was in law school, nobody told me I’d have to do business development.” A financial planner laments, “What I really want to do is advise people on how to get the most out of their money… what I have to do ...
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Heads Up If You Care About Sales Results
September 14, 2021 Sales and Sales Management
Years ago, Theresa and I wrote a book called Wake Up and Sell based on our work with salespeople and our work with the Enneagram. I really love sales and salespeople—what a noble profession that requires great self-awareness if you want to be the crème de la crème! Early ...
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Economic Eyes Wide Open
October 1, 2019 Leadership Development, Process Improvement, Sales and Sales Management, Transformational Coaching
Rumble. Rumble. Rumble. Are you tuned in? Most of us are hearing and talking about it. There are certainly conversations happening and important questions being posed. There are signs and economic indicators that we may be heading towards a recession. We’ve heard opinions that the economy may stay flat, ...
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Driving Growth in 2019: A Roadmap for the Year Ahead
February 19, 2019 Sales and Sales Management
  Top executives are bullish on 2019, but don’t know why An excerpt from AXIOS. Top executives say American companies will continue to grow in 2019, but expect the things that drive growth will slow, a new UBS survey of top corporate officers at 500 companies shows. What it ...
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Let’s Agree to Fail Faster
February 12, 2019 Sales and Sales Management
“Success and failure are both greatly overrated, but failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.” —Hildegard Knef Most people agree there’s no simple, one-dimensional way to define “success” in business or life. Achieving success is even more mysterious to some than others. Is it a unique ...
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A business storm’s a’brewin. Is your business weatherproof?
February 5, 2019 Sales and Sales Management
Business has been good for many for a while now, and I love it. We’ve been enjoying good times. YAY! Even though we may be on the verge of a harsher business environment if the level of uncertainty continues to amp up, we are still optimistic since the seas appear manageable for ...
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Hope Is Not A Productive Strategy
October 23, 2018 Sales and Sales Management
Here’s some food for thought from Dave Kurlan about the real challenges with pipeline management—for the sales professionals and the sales leaders who read our blog. As I always say, “When it comes to sales, hope is not a productive strategy.” Let me know your thoughts on this as ...
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The Data Is In. Great Salespeople Have These Competencies
August 28, 2018 Sales and Sales Management
This recent article by Dave Kurlan, from Objective Management, supports our experience in working with and hiring GREAT sales people. For over 22 years, Mary Anne and I have used the Objective Management Sales and Sales Manager Evaluation tool because it is one of the toughest, most reliable and ...
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