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Coaching – the Sales Manager’s most important tool

February 14, 2012 – 8:45 pm

“Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day.  Teach him how to fish and feed him for life”  – unknown. Of all the tools available to a sales manager to drive the performance of individuals in their team, coaching has been shown to be the most important in terms of achieving business results.  […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Law of Unintended Consequences

August 4, 2010 – 3:06 pm

It is interesting how companies and governments often fall into the trap of the law of unintended consequences. The basic idea of the law is that we try and set rules to create one set of outcomes but people (and sales people are really good at this) think of ingenious ways to use the rule […]


Qualification Acronyms – Instant Sales Guides

June 14, 2010 – 11:36 am

Acronyms are excellent ways of remembering a set of ideas, and they are particularly good for sales qualification.  To me, sales qualification is absolutely crucial for any sales person – where are you going to spend your time most effectively, which business can you win and which business should you walk away from? The one […]


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 Training – Common Mistakes

May 28, 2010 – 12:17 pm

How many times has your company run sales training with no visible effect on the business after the training? There are many reasons that sales training fails, here are some of the most common: No Clear Objectives Many times we have been told by sales managers that their sales team can’t close, so they obviously […]


What Customers Want From Sales People

April 20, 2010 – 9:33 am

Do you have a minute? Quickly write down four qualities that customers would like sales people to demonstrate before they buy from them (No peeking!). When I run this session, I write the acronym IKEA vertically down the flipchart and ask people to come up with qualities that start with the four initials, sometimes adding […]




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