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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?

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

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.

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

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

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.

My Third Year of Sales

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My third year of sales, I once again had a new job. This one was more exciting than the previous two as I was finally working for a credible company. I was ready to try my hand at selling to Fortune 500 and 100 companies.

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.

30 Things I Learned Making 3,000 Cold Calls in 30 Days

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When it comes to building a business, there is a huge difference between being an expert and being an entrepreneur. Experts come up with great ideas, products, and solutions, and that’s fantastic, but entrepreneur know how to make a sale, and without sales, you have no business.

3 Deadly Sales Training Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

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PRODUCT AND SALES TRAINING ARE ONE. In interviewing buyers, one of the biggest complaints we hear about is the “walking product brochure.” Reps that aren’t customer issues oriented and are hyper focused on product are dead in their tracks. Customers can gain product knowledge in a myriad of ways.

The Job of a Sales Manager: What It Is and What It Is Not

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Is there any role in any industry with less clarity and consistency? This is an article for people who hire Sales Managers.

Why Doesn’t Your Sales Training Work?

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Last week, I left yet another meeting in which the executive wanted to schedule a training class as a solution to a development problem. This short sightedness occurs so frequently that it really frustrates me, and I know I’m not alone.

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

The Distinction Between SALES and SELLING

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The way I came to name my consulting firm “The Selling Agency” came from colleague feedback. This very sound advice pushed me to focus on the actual experience, core competencies and key deliverables that would be received by my clients: Narrowing and eliminating the gap on missed opportunities.

Sales Reps: Do the Right Thing

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For 12 years, I taught the subject of “Personal Selling” as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Maryland. A textbook was required in class by the academic-industrial complex, and once in awhile I actually used it–often to highlight the crazy ideas that PhD.s

Think Globally, Act (Business-wise) Locally AND Think Again

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Not all Austrians yodel! Just a few months ago I traveled to my hometown of Vienna, to accompany my 90-year old mother back home, to see friends and to eat (amazing, authentic Italian) Gelato and drink Viennese coffee.

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Sales: never give up if you want a mammoth deal

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The sales pitch is made. The value proposition is articulated in impressive fashion. The client’s objections are addressed. The story is compelling – savings are available with amazing value being offered. The client has given many positive signals that they are interested in the deal.

How Do You Respond to “Sell Me This Pen”?

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It’s a pair of classic scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street. Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played exceedingly well by Leonardo DiCaprio, challenges top sales executives to sell him the pen he has just extracted from his pocket.

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The Art of Negotiation: How to Deal with Complex Clients

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Negotiation has existed since the beginning of times, as it’s a fundamental part of our existence. We first negotiate with our minds, and then with the exterior world. In the present times, negotiation has become a whole different concept.

Why Is My Sales Team Losing Momentum?

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Your sales team is performing well, you are reaching out to new prospects, turning them into new customers and revenue figures are looking healthy. Suddenly, however, things start to change. Your team is finding it harder to close deals and the percentage of staff achieving quota is falling.

8 Components of a World-Class New Sales Hire Onboarding Program

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Been thinking that revenue targets would be easier to crush if your new hires would ramp up to speed more quickly? You’re spot-on, my friend. Best-in-class onboarding (or new hire training) programs go well beyond the standard “Welcome to the company” orientation and dive into actual job training.

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Sales Manager Micromanaging You? Here Are 3 Reasons Why

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Salespeople very often say, “I don’t like to be micromanaged.” You can’t blame them–nobody likes it when someone is constantly checking or double-checking their activities.

Sales Success to “Copy”

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Even legendary technology can use a little help to take its rightful place in history. I began my sales career at Xerox in a collaborative environment driven by a pervasive selling culture and a truly energized client focus. It was a great place to be and an even better place to start.

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How Do You Become a Paid Motivational Speaker?

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5 Steps to Creating a Moneymaking Message. Becoming a motivational speaker, for me, was quite a step up.

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Ten Tips for Effective Listening

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You’ll listen better and be listened to if you practice these TIPS from Tony : Let others tell their own stories first. By letting them speak first, you save time.

4 questions to help you engage with a prospect

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My definition: a prospect is an individual who has (according to a predefined set of criteria) exhibited the potential to benefit from a product or service offered by an organization. The challenge is to turn the potential to deliver an economic benefit to the organization into a reality.

How to build a bloody amazing sales training program

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Do you train salespeople just to sell better? If you answer yes, you are taking a very shortsighted view of the role of sales. Yes, sales should be proficient at practicing the detailed “movements” of the sales function, but it must be done with purpose.

Terrible Training to Terrific Training? How to Transform your Sales Training

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The verdict is out – the training session you just attended was, in a word, TERRIBLE.

Stop Chasing the C-Suite

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A client and I were chatting over steamy hot chocolate and scones (yes, I have the best meetings) when suddenly this Director of Demand Generation turned very serious. I could see her body tense as she asked, “So, how can we get to the C-suite?

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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.

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.

Off the Cuff: 1 Great Rule for Cold Calling Executives

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Mari Anne Vanella. Off the Cuff Interview Question: “Give us 1 great rule (out of your 42) for cold calling executives.” ” One of my favorite rules is rule # 17 “Use a Script, But Don’t Be Scripted”.