I recently had a birthday (certainly I’m not admitting which one…). I reflected a bit about my personal and business life. Being a trainer, I’m amazed that as much as the world of business has changed, business-development professionals are still making some of the same mistakes. Searching for customers is different. Networking is the
“When I am cold calling, what should I leave on a voice mail message to get a call back”? I get this question about once a week and yes, it’s the $100,000 question. First of all, there is no miracle answer to this question, even in the best sales training process. If there were, and
5 Things every CEO Needs to know Today CEO’s are in a quagmire. They are finding themselves running their business’s, making CEO decisions yet having to either manage a sales department or wear the sales hat themselves. What’s a CEO to do today? There are 5 things I think are imperative to do if you
If buyers could get by without salespeople, do you think they would? I think most would say yes simply because when buyers/prospects think about “a salesperson” they don’t typically think about someone who brings real value to their organization. Why? Because most salespeople have done a poor job of really helping the prospect. Salespeople are
I am surprised how often I get a question about accountability. The feeling that you are “babysitting” and not wanting to ‘micro-manage’ your salespeople is bogus! Holding your people accountable for results creates urgency, focus, and positive pressure to perform. Human nature shows us that having a clear picture or vision gives us a more
Are Hiring Millennial’s in Sales the Right Move? “I can’t find any good salespeople out there. I even tried to hire some young college kids and that was a mistake,” said Matt, the sales director of a ___ Business. “I hired a few of them and they just aren’t engaged, they just seem board.”
Are salespeople born or are they made? I hear this question a lot. Surprisingly, the answer is “made.” Believe it or not, there are learned characteristics that help catapult success in sales. And they aren’t what you think. First and foremost, when it comes to sales success, the two most important things you have
You have a salesperson that everyone loves! The clients, the prospects even your staff. Great right? Well yes except for the fact that they can’t actually close business. How can this be? Often times, sales people are in sales because someone along the way told them, “you’re such a ‘people-person’ you should be in
People will pay more if it is “their” idea to do so. This means asking enough good questions to understand not only what they need or even what they want but what affect if will have on them, their business etc if they buy your product or service. It is all about the whys.
Are your salespeople engaging buyers before “pitching’ a solution? Are they asking enough questions before recommending?