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What to Do with the Salespeople Who Become Your Biggest Problem

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Dave Kurlan's 23 Steps to Improved Channel Sales

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When you purchase a car, do you consider yourself a customer of the dealer you bought or leased it from, the auto maker, or both? Dave Kurlan channel sales

How to Magically Move Prospects into a Buying State of Mind

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Most lies are truths to the people who state them. Take climate change for example. Climate change is clearly a real thing. The planet has been warming exponentially since the ice age!

10 Reasons Why Salespeople Hallucinate

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I was in the basement of our home looking for something when I saw it. It moved left to right, low, between the stored Christmas trees. I took another look and this time it moved right to left. Each time I moved, it moved. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized it wasn't a critter but a shadow that I was casting. I saw something that simply wasn't there. A figment of my imagination. You could even call it a hallucination.

Why Conversational AI Is Key to Customer Service in the Customer Experience Era

In today’s hyper-competitive market, every business must become a customer experience-first business. Customer satisfaction has become more important than price or any individual feature. Read the new Tractica white paper to learn how important conversational AI is to your CX strategy.

How the Rubber Band Sabotages Sales Performance

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I have written many articles about Sales DNA, the combination of strengths that support sales process, sales strategy and sales tactics; or, when it appears as a weakness and sabotages ones ability to execute. Dave Kurlan sales weaknesses Sales DNA

Six Overlooked Factors When Hiring Salespeople

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This week I've been sick with my annual bout of asthmatic bronchitis - fun stuff - and the question I've been asking myself is, "how long will it last this year?" Historically, it's takes 2-4 weeks for this to subside and it sucks big time during that 2-4 weeks.

Using the Power of a Duracell to Help You Hire Perfect Salespeople

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Apparently, Duracell 9 volt batteries are the picture of consistency. Last night, all 7 of our upstairs smoke detecters starting squawking within about 30 minutes of each other to indicate that their batteries needed to be replaced.

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

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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.

Are Salespeople Still Using the Hard Sell?

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When you hear a phrase like the hard sell , do you instantly think of car salespeople? Insurance? Replacement windows? No offense intended to those of you in one of those three industries! While someone's reference to a hard sell may differ, the perception of the hard sell is fairly universal.

10 Sales Leaders Share their Strategies for Writing Winning Proposals

PandaDoc interviewed 10 CROs and Sales leaders from companies like G2 Crowd, Sales Hacker, and Zendesk about their strategies for winning sales proposals. This eBook contains their insights and actionable takeaways that will give your team a leg up on the competition.

The 21-Day Solution for the Toughest Sales Weaknesses

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About a year ago, I wrote a very popular article called, Persistence Over Polish , where I discussed the competencies that the top 10% of all salespeople were better at than everyone else.

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The Top 8 Requirements for Becoming a Great Salesperson

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If you're young enough, some of the questions in the first few paragraphs won't apply because you haven't experienced the world without the innovations mentioned below. Don't let that prevent you from reading this because after the milestones, we'll get to the good selling stuff.

Why Coaching Causes Some Sales Managers to Hold On for Dear Life

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Over the past few months I've been coaching 30 sales leaders from 3 companies and while most are trying their hardest to do everything I recommend, apply everything they learn, and coach as instructed, there are enough that don't follow through and fail to move the needle for their teams.

Hiring Salespeople Should Not be Like a Coin Flip

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Hiring the right salespeople has always been problematic for most companies but with the shortage of quality sales candidates, it's more difficult than ever. The pressure to fill a role often causes sales management to hire the best of the pool of candidates instead of the right candidate.

The Path to Journey Management

Speaker: Kerry Bodine and Lindsay Sykes

The practice of journey mapping has reached fever pitch. But your mapping efforts are only effective if the resulting maps help you drive organization change — and then measure the results of your efforts. Join Intouch Insight and Kerry Bodine, CX expert and co-author of Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, as she shares Bodine & Co.’s latest research on this topic.

How to Use the Your Experience with Turbulence to Overcome Resistance

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We were on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Boston and the turbulence was much worse than usual. More dramatic, longer lasting, and bad enough for the flight attendants to remain seated for the entire flight. You've probably experienced a flight like that too.

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The Wrong Salespeople are Hired 77% of the Time

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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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The Voicemail Message with Everything but the Kitchen Sink

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This week I received a voicemail message from a salesperson that literally included everything but the kitchen sink. I don't recall listening to a voicemail that sounded like this before. I don't think voicemails like this are effective. I don't like voicemails like this.

Examples of How Salespeople Lose Credibility with Their Prospects

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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 Level Up Your Marketing Strategy with Video

Building brand awareness and acquiring customers is never easy, but how can you improve your marketing strategy with limited resources? Vidyard has you covered with their 3-in-1 guide on how to use video across your marketing efforts without breaking the bank.

Dave Kurlan's 10 Rules for Effective Sales Emails That Connect With New Prospects

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They aren't personal, they aren't written well, their messages are identical, you want to delete them and I know you get these emails too. I had already decided to save some of these worthless emails for an upcoming article when Keenan posted this rant on LinkedIn.

The Top 10 Sales Articles of 2018

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Many of us love traditions, some of us have rituals or superstitions and most of us find comfort in a routine. Routines are familiar, we don't have to think about it, and it's predictable. In December I have two traditions with my Blog.

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One Question Provides Salespeople with Instant Feedback on How Well They Differentiated

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Most salespeople do not know the difference between their prospects' decision-making process compared with their decision-making criteria. What's worse is that even more salespeople don't even bother asking about it.

The Power of Smart Differentiation in Sales

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In a previous article, I wrote about the one question that can help salespeople differentiate themselves from the competition. On the heels of that article, one interesting theme from the emails I received was the importance of differentiation.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Why are Half of All Sales Reps Still Missing Quota in a Booming US Economy?

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Around this time ten years ago, the US economy was famously tanking. I remember it well as revenue at Objective Management Group dropped by more than 30%, almost overnight.

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Where Can You Find the Best Salespeople?

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Maybe you drink the finest wines, stay at the most luxurious hotels, dine at the best restaurants, purchase the best brands and drive the fanciest cars. Or not. Either way, you'll at least want to know where you can find the best salespeople in the world, right?

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Great News! The Latest Data Shows That Salespeople are Improving

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Some really terrific news came across my desk this week when John Pattison, Objective Management Group's (OMG's) COO, showed me two graphs he had created. For the first time in recent memory, salespeople as a profession GOT BETTER!

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Do the Least Informed Salespeople Have the Loudest Voices

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Do the least informed among us have the loudest voices? This article is about salespeople but to set the stage, we'll start with the news.

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Would Henry Ford be Able to Sell Cars Today?

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Cars were in the news this week when GM announced they were closing plants in the USA and President Trump pushed back. So it got me wondering. Dave Kurlan Consultative Selling sales process

An Easier Way to Coach Salespeople - For a While

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One of the challenges that sales managers have is their trepidation around transitioning from very little coaching to daily coaching; and at the same time, moving from coaching light (ineffective coaching) to coaching pro (effective coaching).

Top 13 Requirements to Help You Soar as a Sales Manager

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In my last article I shared the t op 8 requirements for becoming a great salesperson. Wow, did that resonate with people and there was a great discussion about it on LinkedIn. In addition to that, I received a number of emails asking, what are the requirements for becoming a great sales manager?

Speed Limits, the Flow of Traffic, and Sales Pipelines

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I don't get stressed anymore when I'm driving. All it took was for me to not exceed the speed limit.

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.

New Data Shows that You Can Double Revenue by Overcoming This One Sales Weakness

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My wife and I have been watching 24 for the last few months and we've made it to season 7. Once in a while, one or both of us falls asleep during late-night episodes but we are always saved by: PREVIOUSLY ON 24.

How I Realized That Selling is Just a Bunch of Crap

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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.

I'm Sorry But Your Sales Process Sucks

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Perhaps you saw this too. Yesterday, a post appeared in my LinkedIn feed that talked about the power of sales process. The article was clearly written to support the author's technology application, which helps track sales KPI's; so they should know a little about the topic of sales process.

Salespeople With This Weakness Score 47% Worse at Reaching Decision Makers

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A lot of the salespeople I coach have a weakness in their Sales DNA - their need to be liked. Approximately 58% of all salespeople have this weakness and on average, salespeople score 76% in that competency.

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.