Understanding the Sales Force

The Science Behind One Company's Top Sales Performers and Why They're So Much Better

Understanding the Sales Force

There are comparisons of apples to oranges, red or green, black or white, stop and go, and the most relevant and current of all, liberals to conservatives. In today's article, I'll share a hot/cold comparison of my own, but this one is about sales candidates.

The Most Successful Negotiation is The Negotiation That Isn't Needed

Understanding the Sales Force

The last few years it seems that each time it snows, even a little, they cancel school. Are school officials convinced that parents and bus drivers will put kids' safety in jeopardy because snow is falling?

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Video Conferencing for Salespeople - To Zoom or Not to Zoom?

Understanding the Sales Force

No data or statistics today. No sales training or coaching either. This won't be a lesson for sales managers or sales leaders. This is my rant of the day. Dave Kurlan video zoom

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How Top Salespeople Anticipate and Manage Resistance

Understanding the Sales Force

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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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.

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

Understanding the Sales Force

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.

What to Do with the Salespeople Who Become Your Biggest Problem

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Did You Know That The Beatles Taught us About Selling?

Understanding the Sales Force

While this should be a fun, end of summer article I'm guessing that you don't actually believe that the Beatles taught us about selling. The Beatles recorded 18 songs where the lyrics talked about selling plus I included two bonus titles by other artists to bring the total to 20! The Beatles.

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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

The Deal Breaker That Prevents you From Hiring a Great Salesperson

Understanding the Sales Force

One of the questions we are often asked by HR Directors is, "Can people game the OMG assessment?" Of course they can try, but we have a very effective algorithm that smokes out those who attempt to cheat.

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

New Data Shows That Top Salespeople are 2800% Better at Disrupting the Flow

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Fish, rafts, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and swimmers all find much more success when they are moving with the wind or the current rather than going against it. sales competencies Dave Kurlan Consultative Selling selling tips objective management group

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Using the Most Powerful Sales Tool to Get What You Want

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My wife and I have been binge watching a TV series called Blacklist which rivals 24 for its drama and intensity. James Spader stars as international bad-guy Ray Reddington.

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Change in Approach Leads to 304% Increase in Sales Effectiveness

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You're famished and someone suggests that you go on a 2-day fast! You're late, it's a two-hour ride by car to your destination and someone suggests that you walk! You're exhausted and ready for a nap and someone suggests you should clean our your basement!

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Elements of an Effective Elevator Pitch

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At Objective Management Group (OMG), we ask salespeople to record their elevator pitch and value proposition as part of the sales force evaluation. Some are OK, most are not, and for most companies, there are tremendous inconsistencies between each salesperson's messages.

5 B2B Marketing Trends that You Can't Ignore in 2020

Speaker: Pam Didner, Marketing Consultant, Author and Speaker

Pam Didner, B2B tech marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Effective Sales Enablement and Global Content Marketing, will present the essential marketing trends you need to know in 2020. She'll discuss digital challenges that marketers commonly face and share actionable solutions and templates you can apply to your job in real-time.

An Inside Look at Why 3 Good Salespeople Failed and 3 So-So Salespeople Succeeded

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You hired a great salesperson that didn't work out. You hired a so-so salesperson that did work out. You hired another great one that kicked ass, and another one that was so-so. That's the story of hiring salespeople. It's mostly hit or miss with an emphasis on miss.

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How Big of a Role Does Age Play in Sales Effectiveness?

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I'll be 64 in November which means that just like everyone else, I'm getting older. There are certain things that younger people do that change when they get older.

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What is the Sales Stack and Do You Need it?

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You bought a really nice, new, laptop computer and you thought to yourself, "Now I'm all set!" But are you?

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The Best Salespeople are 791% Better at This Than Weak Salespeople

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The first contractor got a proposal to us within a few days, the second contractor got a proposal to us later the same day and the third contractor gave us a price on the spot. On the responsive scale, the third contractor was the best.

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

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

A Tale of 3 Squirrels and Their Human Counterparts in Sales

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It was rainy and cool so the leaves are dropping from the trees, the peak color has passed and it's time to focus on something else. Dave Kurlan closing sales pipeline prospecting sales tips discipline

Dave Kurlan's Predictions for Sales Organization in 2020

Understanding the Sales Force

Before I can make any predictions for 2020, let's start with these ten simple truths about selling for proper context. ONE: Selling is not as difficult or as simple as many would have you understand.

Salespeople in Small Companies are 43% Better at This and Other Salesenomics Insights

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You seek out the best products, best stores, best websites and best experiences. Doesn't it make sense to wonder about where you can find the best salespeople?

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Putting Some Hollywood into Your Sales Presentations

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Last week I wrote about First Impressions and today's topic is presentations. That's quite the change in direction from Consultative Selling, Sales Process, Assessments, and Performance. What do Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocket Man, Miracle and Argo have in common and what do they have to do with selling?

Are You Using This New Technology to Generate New Opportunities?

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Do you have Rainbow flatware? Biomagnetic ear stickers? A diamond-shaped ice cube tray? Baby feather wings? Yah, these things exist here. You don't? Me neither. Dave Kurlan prospecting lead generation email prospecting AI

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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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!

Are Salespeople Still Using the Hard Sell?

Understanding the Sales Force

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.