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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?

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

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.

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

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.

6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

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There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results.

Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

Your step-by-step manual on all aspects of ABM.

Why Most Sales Forecasts Are Inaccurate

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Three Sales Demo Disasters and How to Avoid Them

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Customers Leave People Not Businesses

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You work hard to build your SMB. You make the extra effort to show appreciation to your loyal customers. And then poof, one of your people, with some poor emotional intelligence destroys what you worked so hard to achieve. A True Customer Loyalty Story.

Closing and Negotiating Challenges - Symptoms of Another Selling Problem

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Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

7 Questions to Ask to Win More Deals

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How to Improve Sales:  5 Keys to Coaching Sales Improvement

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Companies are constantly trying to figure out how to drive organic growth by: 5 keys to coaching sales improvement how to improve sales

30 Interesting Non-Selling Subjects to Make You Better at Selling

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I was sitting next to a guy who knows that our son is one of the best ball players in his age group in New England. He is from the former Soviet Union and when he told me that he tought his son to play catch I was confused.

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What We Can Learn from the Latest Data on Sales Motivation

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

How Your Salespeople Measure Up in the 21 Most Crucial Sales Competencies for Modern Selling

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Three Ways Sales Management Can Move ‘C’ Players to ‘A ‘Players

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Did you know that with the right coaching that 15% of you ‘C’ turn out to be your best ‘A’ players? Coaching them is extremely important. The first step is to find out how many ‘C’ Players you have on your team. .

Increase Your Odds of a Successful Sales Hire by 368%

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Why You Can’t Automate Relationship-Building in Account-Based Sales

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In this month’s guest post, Tim Hughes discusses social media offenses and how account-based selling teams can avoid them. You’re hosting a dinner party at your home.

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

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

New business from existing business is smart business

Sales Training Connection

Let’s assume you’re a sales manager in a highly competitive B2B market with a team of eight major account reps. You have just received an email from your VP of Sales outlining an aggressive growth strategy for the next 6 months.

Change Your Sales Teams Bad Habits Before 2018

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It's OK for Salespeople to Lie When This Happens

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The Official 2017 List of 21 Sales Core Competencies

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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.

Which Salespeople are Easier to Train - Millennials or Veteran Salespeople?

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We brought home a puppy and we had him completely housebroken in 4 days. He's really smart and we've done this before, a combination that makes it nearly impossible to screw up.

Why Do We Fail to Understand Salespeople Are Multi-Dimensional?

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Salespeople are human beings. Yet so often those in business fail to accept that human beings are not just one dimension but rather multi-dimensional. In working with organizations as well as with top performing sales performers, I hear about how one assessment was used to determine the salesperson’s potential. Using just one assessment especially one that is neither statistically reliable or valid is a disservice to the organization and especially to the salesperson.

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Do Account-Based Sales Reps Really Need SDRs?

No More Cold Calling

Here’s how to land and expand outside the box. “I’ve I’ve been waiting my whole life to say this.”. That was the subject line of an email I received from my daughter. She explained that my granddaughter, age six and in kindergarten, wanted to wear high-heeled play shoes to school.

When Your Sales Tank, What Do You Do?

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Many tines when sales tank salespeople have a tendency to blame the economy, the marketing department (no sales leads), sales management, competition or even the potential customers?

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