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Are Traditional Customer Relationships Overrated?

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I recently read an article by another Sales Trainer saying that “traditional relationship building is overrated” and clients or potential customers don’t need more “friends”. I couldn’t disagree more. In my view developing relationships builds trust. Unless you are involved in a quick one time sale (and I think fast relationship building is important there as well) continued trust between buyer and seller is paramount to developing ongoing business.

Selling with Integrity

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I credit a lot of my selling success to the fact that I tried constantly to sell with integrity. Situations where you stray from that approach will eventually take a toll on your own attitude and create other problem issues and your selling will suffer. What does selling with integrity mean? There are several things. It means being honest about your services or products.

Tune up Your Selling Skills

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Often salespeople who have been selling for several years will find themselves becoming complacent and doing the same things over and over again. They end up going through the motions and sometimes it works and often it doesn’t. And even some new people fall into that rut very quickly. It takes real effort to make changes and refresh your skills or take on new ones. If this is something that happens to you from time to time, I would recommend a few approaches.

The Relatonship Between Price and Benefits

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If you are selling a commodity (Product X vs Product X) it generally comes down to price and if that’s the same you have to sell the attributes and service of your company. If price is the objection, one normally has to be competitive and then go through the other things. If selling Product X vs Product Y, your sales people need to know the comparative benefits of your Product X in the specific situation the product or service will be used, especially if there are many of them.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Check Your Attitude

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Do you have a winning attitude? You should know that your attitude can make the difference in success and failure. If you don’t think you can achieve something you probably can’t. So how can you develop a positive and winning attitude? Associate with others who have a positive attitude. Their enthusiasm, optimism, and “Can Do” spirit will rub off. Eliminate the negatives in your life and accentuate to positives.

In a Slump….Check Your Fundamentals

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What do the athletes do when facing a slump? They start by making sure they check the fundamentals to make sure there are no problems there. The same should be true for sales professionals that feel they are no longer on top of their game.

Calling With Management

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Management can help you reach top people and other important people at your accounts. This practice is referred to as “calling in depth,” so you will still be hooked in if your primary contact is transferred or moves to another company. They can help with continuity at the account when you are new. They can help you develop relationships you might not have been able to achieve on your own, which can pay big dividends when negotiations are needed or problems occur.

Take Notes or Not?

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I believe taking notes is very important (even though I had a good memory) so I found a pretty foolproof method to do that on sales calls. I came into every sales calls, even first-time calls, with a series of things I wanted to cover and I had the list on my Day-Timer, PDA, or Tablet, and laid it out on my lap or on the edge of the desk so the contact could see it.

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What Is Sales Enablement and Why Should I Care?

Sales enablement is not really a new concept; it has been around for over 10 years. However, understanding the full application of sales enablement is a very different thing.

Use Your Time Effectively

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Have you ever gotten to an appointment early or the contact you were going to see is delayed and you end up sitting around waiting for a while. Why not, if you can do it without disturbing them, spend a few minutes chatting with the receptionist or other people who may be in the surrounding area. Sometimes you can pick up a lot of good information from those folks. And in small companies, these people may wear several hats and even be involved as buyers or gatekeepers.

Focusing a Sales Call

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Someone asked the question “How do you focus your prospect when a sales call is getting away from you? Once you see that things are disintegrating and going everywhere (and nowhere), I think one of the best techniques is to regroup and say something to your prospect like “We seem to be trying to cover too many things at once.

People Buy From People

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Everyone’s heard the phrase “People buy from people”. It may seem simple and obvious, but what does that really mean? In face to face selling it means that the salesperson’s attributes are some of the most important factors in selling the customers they encounter. Is the salesperson likable? Is their personality appealing or is it abrasive, obnoxious or in some way off-putting.

Think Win-Win

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Negotiating can be a tough skill to master, but when negotiating the best result is usually a win-win solution. This is not always achievable, but a win-win result leaves both parties feeling good and sets the stage for continuing future business. One of the best ways to achieve this kind of solution is to try to cast yourself and the other party on the same side of the problem so that you are working together to resolve the issue in a satisfactory manner.

Record Creative Ideas

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As a salesperson you will often encounter situations that will give you creative ideas about how to respond. Record these ideas as they occur and encourage management to include a “creativity session” during the sales meetings where your ideas and those from other salespeople can be shared with the group. Your “group knowledge” will expand significantly as these sessions are continued. Lee Davis. Blog Sales Insights

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where an how to add it throughout the sales process!

Treat Everyone with Respect

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Treat everyone in your customer’s organization with respect, from the receptionist to the president. People learn what you are like by watching how you treat those who cannot necessarily help you. To help you with this, realize that they have their own skills and talents and can do some things better than you. Respect them for it. Lee Davis. Blog Sales Insights

I am not a Feminist. I am a Human Being.

Bernadette McClelland

Someone once asked me if I was a feminist and I said ‘no’. The look on their face was a combination of surprise and disbelief. After all, it was at a women’s networking group.

Pull the trigger

Sales 2.0

In my last post I shone a light on the fact that to prospect you need to have a good prospect list. In this post, I want to tell you about something that boosts prospecting results: trigger events. A “trigger event” is when something changes in your prospect’s world.

Treat yourself to some social selling

Sales 2.0

OK I need to come out of the closet. In the last two posts I did a bunch of math. I wanted to boil down cold calling vs. social selling data so we could do a somewhat fair comparison. Here’s the punchline. Cold calling: 11 hours to get an appointment. Social selling: 3 hours to get an appointment.

Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Now that you've figured out how to connect your products and devices to the cloud, how do you prove that your investment will pay off? Discover the power of Smart CRM, and find out how companies are leveraging the best ideas from Software as a Service to provide Customer Experience as a Service.

Why These Noticeable Details Will Lead You To Greater Success

Bernadette McClelland

We’ve more than likely had people in our lives offer us advice or have given feedback that sticks in our mind. Possibly because it was repeated enough times that we had no choice but to remember it, or probably because there was an element of truth behind the message.

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19 Ways to Follow Up Without Being a Pest

The Sales Heretic

You already know that effective follow up is crucial to closing sales. But how can you follow up with prospects without annoying them to the point where they scream, “Leave me alone!” The key is to deliver value in your follow up efforts.

How A Seagull Changed My Career and Taught Me Twelve Home Truths

Bernadette McClelland

The year was 1986. I had not long gone through a divorce that was quite harrowing and confusing.

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3 Ways To Handle Clients That Won’t Stop Negotiating Discounts

MTD Sales Training

There are many times when a client tries to intimidate or get the better of salespeople.

Salesforce Formulas for the Everyday Admin

Speaker: Steve Molis, Salesforce MVP

Steve Molis has put together a collection of universal formula tips and tricks, along with several of his personal favorites, so that you can get the benefit of a wealth of information without having to trawl through everybody else’s Salesforce problems.

The Savvy Sales Pro’s 5-Point Guide to Overcoming Objections

DiscoverOrg Sales

If you’re dealing with an objection, congratulations! You are working with a decision-maker who has some skin in the game, and they’re taking your proposal seriously. That’s exactly where you want to be. A study from Gong.io

The Real Competition

Bernadette McClelland

We think it’s the company that sells the same as us, Or the paperwork we have to do, Or the meetings we have to run, Or the slackness of our admin team, Or the lack of urgency of our buyers. The real competition is ‘no change’.

Google thyself!

Sales 2.0

When you send a prospect an email or leave them a voicemail what do many of them do? They Google you (as well as your company.). As you know, buyers are seriously concerned about burning their time these days.

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Prospecting bread and butter

Sales 2.0

In order to contact prospects you need to have their contact information. Today’s post is not about rocket science. This is the first post in the more practical area of actually doing this prospecting thing. During the posts about preparation I told you about getting your prospect profile together.

The Best Learning Methodologies for Developing Elite Sales Leaders

Speaker: Steven Rosen MBA, Author, Executive Coach, Speaker and Top 50 Sales Influencer

It is well recognised that the frontline sales managers are the key to driving performance in sales organizations. If you had to choose between investing in sales manager training vs sales rep training what would you do?

16 Ways to Deal with Frustration

The Sales Heretic

The road to success isn’t straight, level, or smooth. There are bumps and potholes. Hills and curves. Dead-ends and detours. And as a result, we all get frustrated from time to time.

Looking For Your First Job? Consider A Job In Sales

John Barrows

Lately I’ve seen lots of graduates on LinkedIn and I’d like to say “Congratulations” to everyone moving on to the next chapter of your life journey. The good news is you’ve made it. The bad news is these upcoming chapters are what actually matter. What job will you land?

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Social calling math

Sales 2.0

This post is a bit of a continuation from last week’s post. In that post I did some math. The math was about the conversion rates of cold calling based on data I have collected over the last few years from others and my own sales team.

Inside Sales Force Management Closing Techniques & Training Ideas

Inside Sales Training

Inside Sales Management: Are you Measuring What Matters Most? By Mike Brooks, www.MrInsideSales.com. Learn about successful inside sales force management closing strategy, process techniques, training ideas, prospecting tools and best practices for managers and representatives.

Your Next Sales Coach is a Machine

Speaker: Matt McDarby & Dan Smaida, Managing Directors, Specialized Sales Systems

World-class sales managers have long used creative means to solve for time and distance. In this webinar, you’ll learn how modern sales managers are using new technology plus old-school sales management to develop their people without burning out.

Solving The Symptom Not The Cause

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Prospecting for new opportunities is a tense activity especially telephone prospecting. There are so many variables, too many things we can not predict or control.

What is Intent Data? The Predictive Sales Trifecta

DiscoverOrg Sales

Your prospects are out there right now, hunting for a solution to a problem you can solve. They’re searching online, consuming content, learning about options to relieve their pain, and forming opinions about solutions. But they’re not asking for help from your sales team.

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Dear Buyers – It’s OK to Tell a Sales Rep NO

John Barrows

No is actually the second-best answer a sales rep can hear besides the obvious yes. The worst sin in sales is not for a sales rep to lose a deal, it’s to take a long time to lose a deal.

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5 Smart CRM Hacks That Lead to Faster Selling

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Warren Fowler Traditional B2B organizations relied mostly on the raw talent of their sales agents, but it all changed with the emergence of CRM tools. It’s a powerful business analytics system that reveals valuable details about your clients and helps you to seal the deal with more customers.

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Maximizing Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training. Still, many sales leaders report low ROIs from their sales training initiatives. So how can you ensure that your investment in sales training is producing excellent results? Join us for this complimentary webinar as Ray Makela, CEO at the Sales Readiness Group, discusses five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.