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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.

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.

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.

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.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

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I'm sure you've heard this… Money is the Root of all Evil. Do you believe this? Last night this came up over dinner with my daughter. She said that life sure would be easier if there weren't money. Boy that perked me up outta my seat! When such cultural viruses invade my space, I stand right up and go after em! So I began to explain to her… I told her that there is nothing bad about money. Money is neutral. Money is simply a means of exchanging value between people.

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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

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?

How to Instantly Spot "Spinning"

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Its election time again here in the USA. And if you watch or read the news, you can't avoid hearing another analysis of the election, or who's ahead, who's behind in the polls. One of the most interesting aspects of politics from the viewpoint of a persuader, is the notion of spinning. I'm sure you've heard this word.

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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In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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I gotta question for ya

Bernadette McClelland

Hello there! With the New Year about to kick off again we may do one, or both, of two things. We may reflect on the year just gone or project on the year ahead.

What Is Your Personal OS Platform – Faith, Fear or Fragility?

Bernadette McClelland

Faith is a winner’s game. Fear is a survival game. Fragility is a losing game. Winners, high achievers, go-getters. Have more than belief. They have faith. A knowing … that everything will be OK. That taking both leaps and baby steps.

4 Negotiation Strategies to Help Your Sales Process

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Dean Kaplan As the head of a collections agency, I work with many different kinds of businesses. One thing many businesses with collection issues have in common is that they focus too strongly on making a sale, and not strongly enough on improving their sales process.

How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson: Part 1

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What does it mean to be memorable? sales strategies sales questions sales process sales effectiveness

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Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise?

Jeffrey Gitomer

The success of a small business rests on the owner's ability to sell. Small business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales hat, the other hats are useless.

Put On Your Game Face and Talk Sporty To Me

Bernadette McClelland

If you’re wondering… then, yes, this is me getting my game face on and yes, I am wearing an authentic Super Bowl ring.

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Dave Kurlan's 10 Surefire New Years Resolutions For All Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

Like most people, this year I intend to make good on my New Year’s resolution. It’s actually more of a life resolution than it is a New Year’s resolution in much the same way that salespeople should make theirs a career resolution. If it’s important enough then it shouldn't be for only one year.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

The Science of Strategy – What Steve Jobs and I Have in Common

Bernadette McClelland

Strategy is one of those words that, to a right brain creative like me, every now and then sends ‘this does not compute’ messages through the brain. Not dissimilar to a strategist hearing words such as ‘creativity’, I guess.

Yes, Gender is a Factor in B2B Buying Decisions: Selling to Men and to Women

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Are there differences selling to men and women in a B2B sales process? That was the question we set out to discover. My husband and I are avid remodelers, which means I’ve spent a lot (A LOT) of time at Home Depot and Lowe’s over the last 15 years.

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How Do You Measure Customer Experience?

Sales Benchmark Index

Recently, my colleague Sid Nakappan wrote an article on How the CEO can jumpstart the Customer Experience Transformation. If your boss put this article on your desk, you are probably getting started. With the interest of beginning with the end.

Implementing an Advocacy Process as Part of Customer Success

Sales Benchmark Index

Advocacy is on fire! Because harnessing passion from advocates is an authentic way to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth. Research from the Demand Gen Report shared that as much as 84% of buyers seek input from their peers.

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 and how to add it throughout the sales process!

5 Reasons Your Team Doesn’t Know How to Get Referrals

No More Cold Calling

Asking for referrals might be hard, but it pays off big! Ask most anybody for the secret to how to get referrals, and they’ll probably tell you the first step is to simply ask. That might be true, but it’s far easier said than done.

Friday Five - Better Time Management for Sellers

Score More Sales

We all have the same number of hours in a week – 168, yet some of us get more done than others. Here is a quick look at how to be more productive – share your ideas with us on LinkedIn or Twitter. Sales Productivity profession of sales time management

Is Buying From You Too Risky?

The Sales Heretic

I have weird feet. Seriously. My forefeet are wide, I have very long toes, and my right foot is nearly a half size larger than my left. Which makes shoe shopping a challenge. Roughly 98% of the shoes I try on don’t fit comfortably. So when I recently purchased several pairs of shoes online, I [.].

Hiring Additional Sales Reps is Not the Only Way to Make Your Number in 2019

Sales Benchmark Index

Entering 2019 your organization has aggressive revenue goals. You are on the hook to deliver a human capital recommendation that can support the aggressive plan.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.

Why Curiosity Is Critical for Sales Success

No More Cold Calling

What is 7427466391? Imagine if you saw this on a billboard along your commute route …. What would you do? Roll your eyes, think this is nonsense, tell others about it, or go to the site and find out what’s going on?

Dancing with the Competition? Watch your Step.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How do you feel about your competitors? You say, "I have a great relationship with my competitors." Right, if you needed $50,000 or your business would fold, I guarantee your friend, the competitor, would send you a bon voyage note. Get real, man.

37 Ways to Inspire Confidence in Your Prospects

The Sales Heretic

In my last post, I discussed the role risk plays in preventing people from making purchasing decisions. The greater the risk, the less likely a person is to buy. Which means, the more you can reduce the perception of risk in buyers’ minds, the more sales you’ll make.

Why Consultative Selling Does Not Work for Prospecting

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Wendy Weiss, The Queen of Cold Calling™ I was recently working with a new client. His mission is to set up appointments on behalf of his manager. My new client was stressed and frustrated and having no success.

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.