2018

The Science of Basic Selling Skills

Bernadette McClelland

And the basics of selling are….? It’s a question I’ve asked a couple of times in workshops and online, and it’s a question that was triggered by a few ‘posts’ I read, stating that. salespeople today don’t execute on the basics. And my response was, what are the basics then?

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.

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.

Sell Slower

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Cherry I was working with a manufacturer of medical instruments that use lasers to measure blood flow. The products cost upwards of $50,000 and are sold primarily to medical research facilities.

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The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model

The Showpad Sales Transformation Maturity Model helps organizations understand where they are today in terms of meeting buyer expectations — and how key teams can drive transformation that impacts the bottom-line. Download the free eBook for a pragmatic approach to growing sales maturity.

What to Call Women in the Business Workplace

Score More Sales

I have spent an entire career in sales since my early 20’s being called a guy. Filling out forms that said “Salesman Number”. Being invited to sales incentive and award events at cigar bars. sales leadership B2B

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Treat yourself to some social selling

Sales 2.0

OK I need to come out of the closet. In the last two posts I did a bunch of math. I wanted to boil down cold calling vs. social selling data so we could do a somewhat fair comparison. Here’s the punchline. Cold calling: 11 hours to get an appointment. Social selling: 3 hours to get an appointment.

Two Killer Questions to Open & Close a Sale

Mr. Inside Sales

I was having breakfast with a client in Denver before a training program I was giving, and we were talking about the importance of asking questions and listening.

If the Whole Company Supported Revenue Generation

Score More Sales

If the whole, entire company supported revenue generation, how strong would your customer care or customer service team be? Would nothing ever slip through the cracks? If everyone supported revenue generation, how easily could we detect a disgruntled customer about to leave us?

Should You Always Agree With Your Client?

MTD Sales Training

“The customer is always right”. I’m sure you’ve heard these oft-quoted words from Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of the department store that bears his name.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

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?

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.

The Not So Secret Way to Crush Your Numbers

Steven Rosen

The Not So Secret Way to Crush Your Numbers. Earlier this year I published an article titled 5 Ways to Create a Successful Sales Coaching Program.

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The Sales Letter Will Work if You Get it Write.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How important is a sales letter/email? Presentation Skills

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

What is Intent Data? The Predictive Sales Trifecta

DiscoverOrg Sales

Your prospects are out there right now, hunting for a solution to a problem you can solve. They’re searching online, consuming content, learning about options to relieve their pain, and forming opinions about solutions. But they’re not asking for help from your sales team.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Creating Value in Sales When Selling to the C-Suite

Connect2Sell

As a sales coach and guest on sales podcasts, I get asked a lot of questions about selling to the folks in the C-Suite. Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently.

The Future of Your Sales Role Questionnaire

Score More Sales

There is a lot of talk about artificial intelligence taking over many sales positions soon. Do you feel like your job might be one of them? Here is a quick questionnaire to help you know if it is or not: sales strategy profession of sales

ATTENTION: The New Sales Currency

MTD Sales Training

Years ago, when the first bartering started (thought to be in the Middle East), metals were used as symbols to represent value stored in the form of commodities. Currency became recognised as stores of value, and traded between market traders and, eventually, nations.

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How a Sandwich Can Transform Your Business

The Sales Heretic

Let’s say you own a restaurant. And let’s say on your menu you have a Reuben sandwich. The Reuben is a classic, which is why it’s on the menus of approximately 98.7% of all restaurants. And therein lies the problem. If I’m in the mood for a Reuben, I can go literally anywhere to get [.].

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 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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A Hopscotch Client Retention Strategy will not boost Client Success

Babette Ten Haken

If you practice a hopscotch client retention strategy, do not get your hopes up. Making clients successful is hardly child’s play. Co-partnering in your client’s success involves more than adhering to a mostly-linear protocol.

Call Me in 6 Months - A Polite Way of Saying No

Jeffrey Gitomer

Pat me on the head and tell me to go away. That's the real meaning of call me in six months (or any nebulous "get back to me" after some period of time). Objections

7 Quick Wins for Sales and Marketing Alignment

DiscoverOrg Sales

We hear a lot about sales and marketing alignment: How important it is for B2B, and how so few of us are doing it right. SALES: Marketing leads are crap. MARKETING: Sales is lazy. You guys take forever to follow-up on our leads – and you wonder why they don’t convert? Rolls eyes.]

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.

How To Answer The Only Question That Counts

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Last week in this blog I made the argument that sellers have to answer one question above all, the one all buyers other than owners and Board Chairmans or Persons to be somewhat PC, the question: “ If I go ahead with this, will I get fired?

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The Real Competition

Bernadette McClelland

We think it’s the company that sells the same as us, Or the paperwork we have to do, Or the meetings we have to run, Or the slackness of our admin team, Or the lack of urgency of our buyers. The real competition is ‘no change’.

How to become a rich sales geek

Sales 2.0

Testing is for marketing not sales. Does that sentence seem logical to you? It doesn’t to me. The more time I spend in sales and marketing, the more I see overlap between these areas.

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