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What Business Acumen do Sales People Need?

June 6, 2013 – 1:57 pm

When people talk about Business Acumen for sales people they tend to cover a wide range of skills, knowledge and behaviours that they would like sales people to demonstrate in front of a customer. Here are some of the areas are commonly bracketed under Business Acumen: Accounts and financial statements Calling high at the C-suite, […]


Business Acumen for Sales People

May 21, 2013 – 1:19 pm

I speak to many Heads of Sales and Sales Managers and ask the question “What is it that your sales people are missing that would make them much more effective?” It may not surprise you to find out that they never answer a CRM system! Most of them talk about knowing more about a customer’s […]


The changing requirements of the buyer

February 14, 2012 – 8:00 pm

The starting point in the redefining of any customer facing activity should be the customer.  So what has happened to the patterns of buyer behaviour that means we have to review the way we sell to customers? Original sales training was focused on getting sales people to fully understand the features and benefits of their […]


Business Development Strategies

January 30, 2012 – 5:34 pm

Times are tough, customers are delaying decisions, business is very competitive, customers are more purchasing savvy than at any time and they really don’t want to be sold to by sales people.  But no-one told you that selling was easy! So what is the standard response from sales managers (VPs/Directors/managers) to this situation?  Unfortunately it […]


SMARTER Questions – Discussion

June 6, 2010 – 4:53 pm

A few people have asked me to say more about SMARTER questions than just the checklist of good questions that I published in the previous quote.  There is some detail already on the website under the more detailed guide, but I thought I would use this post to talk more about why SMARTER questions are so […]


Going Over your Current Contact’s Head

April 22, 2010 – 5:18 pm

This is a follow up to the Blog about Why Sales People Don’t Call High and the number one reason I hear from sales people for not calling high is that they don’t want to upset their current contact. So let’s think about this. Why don’t sales people want to go over their current contact’s […]


Why Sales People Don’t Call High

April 21, 2010 – 11:01 am

Many sales people seem to be happy to slug it out with purchsing on price, without ever considering the alternative – Sell! Yes, that’s right, actually pick up the phone to key decision makers and sell. To introduce this topic and debate why this happens in my workshops, I often run a team quiz based […]




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