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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 Challenger Sale

May 10, 2013 – 6:47 pm

Those of you who follow my work will know that as well as working with my own clients I am a facilitator for CEB’s Challenger program and the various associated workshops for sales managers. Many of you will have seen lots written about The Challenger model and so I thought I would give my perspective […]


Creating meaningful value propositions

February 14, 2012 – 8:13 pm

The first answer to the question “what can sales people do differently” is to educate their buyers, adding value by teaching them something they don’t already know.  This approach takes time, skill and resource, but ultimately is the only way to differentiate themselves from the competition.  To do this, sales people need to be able […]


The Art of Sales Management

June 9, 2010 – 1:23 pm

Following on from the post “The Art of Sales”, I thought it might be useful to list some questions that can be used by sales people under the 5W’s and 1H headings. These are also the types of question I would use as a sales manager to see if my sales person really had a […]


Sales Mindset – The Problem Solver

June 7, 2010 – 10:46 am

In previous posts I have spoken about the New Buyer and how they differ from buyers of 20 years ago – basically they have all the information at their fingertips to make an informed decision about what you are selling. So what can the “new” sales person offer their customers? Personally, I think we all […]


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 […]


Instant Sales Guides – The Launch!

June 2, 2010 – 5:20 pm

Many people have asked me if I could create a set of guides and checklists to help sales people prepare for meetings and other common sales situations – we all love a good checklist.  So I am going to publish a number of these free guides under the Instant Sales Guide banner.  Ideas so far […]


The New Buyer

May 19, 2010 – 10:19 am

Have you noticed something has changed in sales? Everyone now talks about every sale being price sensitive – is this true or is it just sales people making excuses? Firstly, when I do account/opportunity reviews, I am still amazed how many sales people really cannot articulate their value proposition and show a clear line of […]


Buying and Selling Cycles

May 7, 2010 – 3:37 pm

So what are buying and selling cycles and why are they important to sales people? Let’s start with the customer’s buying cycle. (Note please click slides for larger views). The buying cycle is the steps in the process that the customer has to work through starting with idea of doing something (an awareness of needs) […]




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