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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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Getting the Secret Truth on Every Deal

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Woody Allen once said… 90% of life is just showing up. That might be true for him. But it aint true in sales. Just showing up isn't enough. You gotta get in the game. And you gotta ask. Because if you never ask, then no one will ever say yes. But in selling, we always have competition. And usually lots of it. In every deal, there are lots of losers who just "showed up", and only one winner. The secret to winning 90% of your deals is knowing the secret truth about every deal.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Nine Holiday Networking Strategies

The Sales Heretic

The holidays are officially upon us. Judging by the ads, store displays, and TV listings, Christmas now apparently starts on November 1.)

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.

A Means to an End

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. One of the most stressful moments for most salespeople comes at the point when they have to decide whether or not to go around someone they have been dealing with to that point, be they client or prospect.

Do you want to be a miner?

Sales 2.0

What do you want to be when you grow up? Sales has come a long way in the last decade when we started playing around with the concept of “social selling” and deploying “sales 2.0” technologies.

Volunteer to be an insider

Sales 2.0

I am the Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Club of New York. I’ve been the president and the chairman. Over the years these titles have been very useful for my various business and sales endeavors.

Examples of How Salespeople Lose Credibility with Their Prospects

Understanding the Sales Force

You probably thought I would write a world series article but there wasn't much tension or anxiety in this series as the Sox dominated. So instead of an epic baseball related article, you're going to read about trust and credibility.

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.

Strategy Is Sexy, Execution is Boring

Steven Rosen

Business success is a function of brilliant strategies and excellent execution. How are your sales to date? Every sales leader I have spoken with could easily answer this question. I am sure you can as well.

Selling Above The Crowd

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A few weeks back I wrote about the state of sales from a broader and collective perspective , spoiler alert: we have issues.

The Race for AI-Driven Sales Success Starts Now

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Anil Kaul Co-Founder and CEO of Absolutdata Artificial intelligence — AI for short — is already changing the world in countless ways. Millions of people use devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home to find out more about products and services they need or to control their home environment.

How Badly Do You Want Others to Succeed?

The Sales Heretic

I’m going to talk about basketball for a moment, so if you’re not a basketball fan—or a sports fan in general—just bear with me. The point I want to make is important, and it will help you boost your organization’s sales and performance.

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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.

Free Sales Training: 6 of My Favorite Sales Tips

John Barrows

There is no shortage of free sales training resources out there. Today there are more videos on YouTube than you could watch in your lifetime and more books on Amazon or Audible than you could ever get through even if you read one a day.

World Series MVP Has Lessons for Sales

Score More Sales

Years ago, our company name was intentionally changed to Score More Sales because of the great analogies between professional, collegiate, Olympic sports and professional selling. sales leadership profession of sales

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How to Boost Your Credibility at a Trade Show

The Sales Heretic

A trade show is a challenging sales environment. You don’t have the natural advantages you have when talking with a prospect on your own turf. Your competition is everywhere. And all the exhibits look so similar. How do you stand out and effectively compete?

7 Questions to Build Rapport in Sales

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Mike Schultz, President, RAIN Group Before buyers will open up to you about their needs and desires, they have to first be comfortable with you. Comfort (and trust) begin with rapport. Building rapport is sometimes dismissed as a ploy to make a superficial connection with a buyer.

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!

Who Are We Fooling?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A bit of fantasy is good for the soul; it would hard to get through days and projects if not for a little mental cheating and false illusions; it is entirely another to base your own or your company’s future on it. Stats – The Drug of Choice.

5 Voicemail Tactics to Get More Callbacks

John Barrows

Reps always ask me whether or not they should even leave voicemails anymore since they almost never get a callback. My response is yes – as long as they are good ones. If you’re leaving ‘touching base’ and ‘checking in’ voicemails then I would not to waste the prospect’s time.

How I Realized That Selling is Just a Bunch of Crap

Understanding the Sales Force

Those are strong words and probably quite surprising coming out of my mouth but I'll explain it all. Earlier this week I was leading another Sales Leadership Intensive and during a break it came to me.

The Wrong Salespeople are Hired 77% of the Time

Understanding the Sales Force

94% of sales managers are optimistic about their salespeople. That's a very surprising statistic for a couple of reasons: 50% or more of their salespeople won't hit their quotas this year and haven't since at least 2008.

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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.

How to be great at sales and still get sacked

Sales 2.0

This is one I’ve seen several times over my (getting long) career. Someone is one of the top performers in a sales team and they still get sacked. How is this possible? The trick is be super customer-focused and take the opposite approach when dealing with people in your own company.

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Five Words That Will Make You a Better Salesperson and Leader

The Sales Heretic

Whatever your job is in your organization’s sales channel, you want to be better at it. Which means you’re always on the lookout for tips, tricks, and hacks to make you more effective and productive. Well here’s a simple yet powerful one.

Your #1 Competitor…

John Barrows

Recently I’ve noticed reps and companies spending a lot of time worrying about their competition and trying to figure out what they’re doing or how to defend against them, etc. I don’t know why but I’ve never really worried too much about competition.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Boost Productivity in Sales Ops

Sales Benchmark Index

Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t just a buzzword in the data world. When used correctly, it will save you time, which frees up your team to execute on strategic sales initiatives empower the sales team. AI is growing increasingly prevalent in.

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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.