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This is What a Losing Salesman Looks Like

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(Warning – I'm going to lose a few readers over this post…). A salesman losing a deal is kinda like an animal caught by a steel jawed trap crushing its leg. It screams in pain. It kicks to get free. And in some cases it will even chew it's leg off to get away. A salesman losing a deal is a depressing sight. And when you know what to look for, it's easy to spot while it's happening. Right now you can watch a salesman losing the 2nd biggest sale of his life.

Sales Lessons from the 1st Presidential Debate of 2012

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Boy Did I Screw Up on Last Night's Debate! I thought I knew everything. Figured I'm the persuasion-meister, such a master at influence, that I would be GREAT at analyzing and calling the Presidential Debates last night. I decided kinda last minute to live post my thoughts to my Facebook page , as the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was happening. It was a fun experience – if you weren't there with me on my Facebook page , you missed out.

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How Romney Outsold Obama in Last Week's Debate

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Did Romney "win" the debate last week? Or did Obama "lose" it? There's been a lot of discussion this past week in the news on this. I read and watch a lot of politics. Much of it is noise, but I like watching the political season, because it is the highest stakes persuasion game there is. And reading last night, I came across this interview by Greg Sargent of the Washington Post with the pollster Stan Greenberg, who says he knows why Romney won the debate.

The Wrong Way to Ask Sales Questions

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Questions asked the right way, lead you closer to the sale. Questions asked the right way, uncover opportunity. Questions asked the right way, create a bond between you and the prospect based on a belief that you can help you them. Ask questions the wrong way, and you will accomplish none of this. What's the wrong way to ask questions?

The Playbook for Account-Based Marketing (ABM)

Account-Based Marketing is a Strategy, Not a Solution | Get this step-by-step playbook to implement an ABM strategy that fits your company’s objectives and resources.

How I Focus and Keep Distraction at Bay

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Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. You get what you focus on. Every day I make a short focus and action list. I mark only 1-3 items as must-do actions to focus on. The rest are nice to do (and I sometimes get to them as "break-time" from my must-do work). Otherwise I put those off to another day… By focusing on the must-do actions, and keeping those limited to 1-3, I get a LOT of things that I WANT to do, done. This is how you make the reality you desire, one-day at time.

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A Right Time to Sell and a Wrong Time to Sell

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There's a right time to sell. And there's a wrong time to sell. The right time to sell is when you have earned the right to sell. Sounds simple enough. But lots of people screw this up. You don't earn the right to sell just because the customer has asked you for information, for a pitch, or a demonstration. You earn the right to sell when you uncover the driving reason behind the sale. You need to know the reason WHY people want to buy what they want to buy.

Be Proud of Being a Salesman!

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Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. Be proud of being a salesman! Be proud, because all business activity starts with the sale. Sales IS business. The people who create the products you sell NEED you to get their products to the customer. Without you, there would be no business. Sell with Pride, -Shameless Shamus Brown. Sales Tips business to business selling sales power salesman successful sales people

How to Get More Done Faster, Right Now

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How do you get more done faster? Or asked another way, how do you get more done in less time? Simple answer: Get busier. People who do more, get more done. "Uhh, "Uhh, yeah no shit, Shamus." " Seriously though… There's a saying that goes "If you want to something to get done, give it to a busy person." " In the past 10 years I've learned how to do more "new things" than I did probably in the previous 20 years of my life.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

Now's The Time to Get Major Momentum…

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Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. Whether you make New Year's Resolutions or not (I Don't), January is a great time to set Motivating and Big Goals for yourself. For most of us the calendar is free from distractions for the next 5-6 months, plenty of time to get some major momentum, and big progress in life and business. Sell with Pride, -Shameless Shamus Brown. Sales Tips sales goals sales motivation sales thought

No More Getting Your Ass Kicked in Sales

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About a year ago I took a training on how to kill people. Now it might be easier to call this a self-defense course, a practical martial arts program, or a combat training system. But the simple fact is, this was a training on how to kill an attacker, when the chips are down, it's him or me, and there is no other option.

How to Find the "Sales Magic" – Again

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As I write this on Wednesday, December 28th, there are just 4 days left on the calendar of 2011, and only 3 business days left in the year. Where did 2011 go? Before I went to bed last night, I was thinking, how it's already been a few days since I last wrote you. And then this morning as I looked at the date of my last email, I realized that it was 2 weeks ago. Aaackkk! Where did the time go?

Selling Simplified

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Every sale happens in an instant. Yes, I know it may seem like it takes you hours, days, weeks, even months in some cases to make a sale. But the sale itself, the buying decision that is, happens in an instant. Do you know when that moment is? It's the moment when your prospect recognizes that you can solve his problem and that he has a problem serious enough to warrant solving right now. Both conditions are necessary to make the sale. All selling boils down to this.

How to Make B2B Data an ROI Catalyst

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Issue Date: 2016-07-22. Author: Hila Nir. Teaser: Believe it or not, your current customer data is actually the secret source of future growth. Organizations constantly claim to be “customer-first”; now you have a chance to put that aspiration toward your organization’s growth.

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Start with Why: The Key to a Successful Presentation

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Have you ever sat through a presentation and thought, “Why am I here?” Presentations that do not answer the question “Why?” are confusing, try your patience, and usually lead nowhere.

High Trust Selling

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No doubt, you have seen this quantum shift and its consequences in your industry: your competitors have increased in number and become more aggressive. Your products or services are more difficult to sell than in the past.

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Are You an Effective Sales Manager? Here are 10 Clues

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Your company’s Go-To-Market strategy is understood by your sales team. Instead of staying at the back end of the pipeline frantically trying to get deals closed, most of your time is spent at the front end helping qualify early-stage opportunities.

The Stupidest Sales Call Ever… Kill the Monster While It’s Small

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Editor’s note: This blog post is part of our ongoing series of True Sales Tales. This post is an excerpt from the new book of sales worst practices: Sales Insanity: 20 True Stories of Epic Sales Blunders. Some Context. For salespeople, encountering objections is a part of life.

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

20 Sales Tips from 20 Sales Experts!

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We have a lot of experts who contribute to our Sales POP! online sales magazine – we took one sales tip from each of them and put them together in one presentation. You can also click on any of these quotes to read the full post to learn more about any particular perspective.

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How a sales leader can develop a remarkable team

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How well an organization performs is not governed by the quality of talent at the extremes of the bell curve. Individual superstars will always make a noticeable contribution; ineffective employees will always drag results down.

7 Things Salespeople Do to Stand Out

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It’s not about being number one in sales, it’s about what they do consistently day-in and day-out did to achieve the leadership position. Standout salespeople are judged by their means to the end not merely by the end itself. This is their profile. They are consummate team players.

Before Becoming a Sales Manager, Ask These Three Questions

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Picture this: for a number of years, you’ve been a consistent sales producer. One day a sales management job opens up in your company.

Successful Selling

Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

True Sales Tales: Hold That Price!

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One of my earlier sales jobs was at a Porsche-Audi dealer in El Paso, Texas. I have a number of entertaining stories from that time period. Here is one–the moral of which is that sometimes you just have to hold your price to get it.

Sales, Commerce and the War of American Independence

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As all you history buffs out there know, the American War of Independence is one of the most remarkable events in world history. There are a number of interesting parallels between this struggle and sales, salespeople and companies which I am going to take up in a new series of blogs.

Artificial Intelligence: Replacing Sales and Customer Service?

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Today we are seeing an increasing amount of news and commentary about the necessity for artificial intelligence (AI) to intervene in or perhaps even replace live human interaction in areas such as sales and customer service.

Three Things to Help Your Sales Team Have Insightful Customer Conversations

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“I know I need to be unique and different when talking to customers; but I don’t know how?”. I had just finished running a sales training session for a group of key account reps, when a participant came up to me and very quietly uttered the above.

CRM as a Swiss Army Knife

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A multi-tool for coaching to and managing the sales process. Today’s CRM is like a Swiss Army knife. The multi-tool is useful for just about any task, trade, or adventure.

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How to Hire the Right Lead Generation Representative

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If you are a Lead Generation, Market Development, or Sales Development hiring manager, you know that a bad hire can cost you. Not only do you lose time, money, and potential customers — the wrong person is likely to reduce productivity and decrease morale.

12 Things to do Every Day to be a Sales Success

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Excelling and standing out in anything requires a game plan and relentless execution. In sales, I learned that these simple actions taken EVERY DAY boosted my sales performance and yielded amazing results. #1: 1: Check your performance dashboard to see where you are year-to-date.

Five Traits of Excellent Salespeople

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Jim Rohn, author, speaker and millionaire entrepreneur, mentored the likes of Tony Robbins, the world-famous personal and business development guru, and Mark Hughes, founder of Herbalife International. Growing up on an Idaho farm, his work ethic served him well.

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Upcoming #SalesChats Ep. 25: Telephone Combat Aid – Get More Meetings to Close More Deals with Edward van der Kleijn

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Today when you get a prospect on a call, you have very little time to keep them there and interested, qualify them, and close them on the idea of an actual meeting. We all could use more tips and tricks for those up-front calls.

Why Your Prospecting Strategy Is Failing

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4 Innovative Strategies To Prospect Like a Pro. Editor’s Note: This post is part of our special 1-week series on sales prospecting, from experts on the subject. . Most sales people hate to prospect. I get it, prospecting is not exactly the most exciting part of the sales job.

Sales: 5 Essentials for a VERY Productive Day

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Productivity is not governed by chance or random activity; rather it is influenced by the strategy you have for your day. No strategy and discipline = low productivity. These 5 strategic elements will ensure your productivity stays high and that you will stand-out from others.

Sales Quota Attainment- Panel Discussion

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In surveys and studies year after year, “quota attainment” comes up again and again as a key issue for sales organizations throughout the world. This makes total sense—if sales quotas aren’t attained, revenue targets aren’t met, and companies struggle to succeed.

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101 Motivational Sales Quotes for Sales Managers

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Sales managers live in a beautiful world of constant mixed emotions -negative and positive. Apart from pressures arising from sales targets, sales team and management, sales managers still have to contend with keeping the right frame of mind to deliver optimally.

True Sales Tales: ???? Surprise, Surprise! CEO on a Stick!

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Editor’s Note: With this post, we hereby throw the door wide open for your great true sales stories! See info at the end of the post. If you are in sales you are used to surprises – some good , some not so much. They are, in many ways, an occupational hazard.

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