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There are no right answers to questions that are never asked. It’s like the old basketball adage: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. It’s been said that 90% of getting the right answer is asking the right question. I’m going to modify that statement to make it more precisely applicable to sellers. […]
Mindfulness, compassion, competition and joy. These are the four core values upon which Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA, has built his teams that have achieved such great success, including winning two NBA championships. (Yes, the past couple of seasons have been tough due to injuries to critical players. […]
What are your sales biases? Are you even aware that you have sales biases? And how they are hurting your productivity? One of the primary reasons that salespeople stop improving, and start struggling, is that they begin to believe that they know what they are doing. And, they stop learning. I know it sounds strange […]
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Most everyone is familiar with the concept of a vicious cycle. It’s a repeating series of connected events in which each cycle reinforces the negative outcomes of the previous one.) Unfortunately, I often see salespeople who are stuck in a variation of a vicious cycle, that I call a Vicious Sales Cycle. A Vicious Sales […]
Stop making sales more complex that it needs to be. Here’s an example of that. I frequently get questions from sellers about how best to connect and build rapport with buyers. I turn the question around. I ask them “Did you ever learn how to make a new friend?” I’m sure that you know how […]
The traditional B2B sales process is broken. Buyers want to spend less time with sales reps than ever. And yet, sales tenure, experience levels and engagement rates are all in freefall. Years ago, Revenue.io founder & CEO Howard Brown knew that simply giving sales teams more tools with which they could crank out hundreds of […]
Are you making the false choice between learning and doing? Many sellers do exactly that. I was once asked if the reason that more salespeople don’t invest in their own development was that it was difficult for them to make the connection between investing their time to learn and their professional successes. In other words, […]
“In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” That’s from the famed philosopher, Bertrand Russell. This especially applies to sales. We’re stuck on paradigms of how we sell, how we train and develop sellers and how we manage and […]
In sports, coaches help develop the athlete’s and the team’s strengths, identify weaknesses, put together plans to improve performance, and drive them to perform at their best. All elite athletes at the top of their game have coaching. In fact, all professional musicians also have coaches. And all movie stars have coaching. Virtually everyone at […]
2 min read - June 3, 2021
Dual Meaning
I read so much nonsense about relationships in sales. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been writing about this more recently. (I admit; I get triggered by it…) The problem many writers and commentators have is that they can’t get past a single definition of a “relationship” as an “emotional bond between people.” (AKA a friendship.) […]
It’s a cardinal sin to be boring in sales. It’s not your value proposition that’s initially interesting to your buyer. It’s you. Creating a working connection with a buyer, or a human, demands that you demonstrate a sincere interest in them as a person. It also demands that you be interesting to them in return. […]