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
What would you say to a friend who said he met a great girl and after 2 dates he was going to ask her to marry him. Though I don’t actually know your answer I am guessing most of you reading this would say, “are you crazy?” you don’t know enough about her, you think
A mid-size advertising and marketing firm were looking to expand. It truly needed an account executive to go out and call on organizations in the area to try to develop business for the firm. Denise was in charge of interviewing for the new account executive. She went the usual route and put out some ads
Being a leader is different from what most of us think it is. Most leaders are just managers in disguise. Sarah was excited to be promoted to sales director. After all, she has been in sales for almost eight years and has always been at the top of the leader board. She knows she will
Being a leader is different from what most of us think it is. Most leaders are actually managers in disguise. Sarah was excited to be promoted to sales director. After all, she has been in sales for almost eight years and has always been at the top of the leader board. She knows she will
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
AHHHH!! Professional Selling Today Today, more organizations are facing increasingly more competition, rapidly changing technology, slower market growth, and less product differentiation. This trend requires business development professionals to manage more accounts, build stronger relationships, sell to multiple buyers, and be much more creative when selling. Therefore it becomes much more difficult than it used
“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
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.
Sales candidates are exceedingly hard to find. Even the best salespeople are finding a needle in a hay stack, aren’t they? No but it seems we believe so. I am currently working with a well-established organization and the following questions arose – as they do fairly regularly: How can I avoid making expensive hiring mistakes?