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The Best Salespeople are 2733% More Likely to Have This Than the Worst Salespeople

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86% of all salespeople have beliefs that don't support ideal sales outcomes. That's important because beliefs influence behavior, and appropriate sales behavior drives results. Think about sales process, sales methodology, sales strategy and sales tactics.

How Top Salespeople Anticipate and Manage Resistance

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Last week Tom Hopkins shared a post on LinkedIn that resembled what I have said so many times. He said, " The art of selling involves two jobs: Job One is to reduce sales resistance and the other is to increase sales acceptance.".

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How to Transform Your Sales Pipeline Today

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Big ones, little ones, sharp ones and stubborn ones. I was pulling weeds from the garden when it became crystal clear to me. The various weeds were like the many types of opportunities in most sales pipelines.

What to Do with the Salespeople Who Become Your Biggest Problem

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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.

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

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.

The New Salesenomics

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Back in the 1960's it made sense for gasoline prices to be discounted down to the nearest 9/10 of a cent because gas prices ranged between 17.9 to 18.9 cents. But when gas prices are around $3.00 per gallon, how does 9/10 cent continue to make sense? Some habits die really hard.

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

Your Last Chance to Make a Good First Impression

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Most salespeople don't take first impressions seriously enough. If they did, their first impressions would be much more favorable. Dave Kurlan relationship building assessment omg the beatles objective management group Ed Sullivan

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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.

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.

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.

How to Know if You Are You Really Selling Consultatively

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Most of the CEOs and sales leaders I speak with agree that their sales organizations need to be more effective at taking a consultative approach to selling. At the same time, they insist that they talk about it often and that their salespeople are doing OK with a consultative approach.

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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.

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 Raise the Incomes of Minimum Wage Workers Without Wealth Distribution or Socialism

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Hang in there - this will be an article on sales - but you need to get through the big set up. Bernie Sanders spoke at a Walmart shareholders meeting and criticized the company for not paying higher wages.

2 Selling Shortcuts That Will Always Work

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Do shortcuts work in sales? Dave Kurlan reaching decision makers shorten sales cycle shortcuts

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.

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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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.

Finally!  Science Reveals the Actual Impact of Sales Coaching

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You must have heard the joke that 73.6% of statistics are made up! I have read and even reported that sales leaders who coach their salespeople see a boost in revenue of around 27%. It sounds like a realistic number but I have not seen any science to back it up. Until now. Check this out!

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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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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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.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

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.

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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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 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!

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Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

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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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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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.

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.

Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

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.

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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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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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.

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.