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27
Jun

Why Your Sales Reps Must Follow the Platinum Rule

We’ve all heard the Golden Rule of Business: “He who has the gold makes the rules.”  That’s especially true in sales!  Your customers have the gold you’re after, so you must play by their rules. To do so, you must also apply the Platinum Rule: “Do unto others as they would have you do to …

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13
Jun

3 Behaviors That Wreck Your Sales Training Initiatives

Many sales managers have become frustrated with sales training programs and have largely given up on pursuing training for their reps.  They have paid thousands of dollars for training in the past and received little or no return on that investment. Unfortunately, instead of trying to find the root causes behind why the training didn’t …

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30
May

Why You Can’t “Manage” Sales – And What You Should Do Instead

  Many organizations unwittingly suffer from a bad habit that greatly diminishes sales performance:  sales managers who spend too much of their time trying to manage a sales rep’s outcomes.  You may ask, “Well, isn’t that a sales manager’s job?” The answer is “no.”  A rep’s outcomes are impossible to manage.  It’s like a football …

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16
May

Frustrated with CRM Utilization and Forecast Inaccuracy?

  As a business owner or VP of Sales, have you been frustrated with your CRM utilization or forecast accuracy?  You are not alone.  Let’s talk about one reason you may not be getting the results you wanted. The advent of Customer Relationship Management software (CRM) has made it possible for sales departments to develop …

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14
Feb

Dealing With Challenging Buyers: The Antagonist and the Power Broker

In this post, we discussed how to identify the different types of buyers in a complex sale, and how to use the questions they ask to pinpoint what their buying concerns are.  Understanding each type of buyer’s decision criteria is key to winning the business. This can be challenging, even if everyone involved is a …

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24
Jan

Success Stories: What Happens When People Go Whole Brain

In my last post, I discussed the communication problems that arise when a person who thinks one way speaks to a listener who thinks in a completely different way.  The person doing the talking is presenting the kind of information that is important to him, but he doesn’t get his message across because what’s important …

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14
Dec

Christmas- Why Bother?

It’s Christmas Season – Why Bother will all the rush? This blog is based upon a blog I wrote several years ago on Why bother with Christmas. It is worth reading again. Last night we watched the Grinch That Stole Christmas which is one of my favorite Christmas stories. The Grinch hated Christmas for he …

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