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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 […]


What a Customer wants to see from a Sales Person

May 7, 2011 – 12:03 am

I often run this as an exercise on a flip chart or whiteboard – down the left hand side I write I K E A And I say these are the 4 things that a customer wants to see in a sales person (especially if they are Swedish!). So I is for? Integrity – honesty, […]


Sales Objections

July 20, 2010 – 3:32 pm

I was running a Resolving Objections workshop a few weeks ago and I always start by getting the group to call out the most common objections they face and I write them on a flipchart to work with later in the day. I always jot down the objections after the workshop and I have noticed […]


Top 5 Reasons that Sales Deals Fall Apart

June 14, 2010 – 12:09 pm

Following on from the last post, I dug out some research on why deals fall apart which highlights the importance of qualifiaction and spending your time in the right places. So here are the top 5 reasons that dales deals fall apart: 1) Deal Not Qualified Some key questions you should always be asking to […]


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 […]


The Best Sales Poem

June 8, 2010 – 4:12 pm

Sorry, but I seem to be having a Kipling day (no, not the one the bakes exceedingly good cakes, Rudyard). Having written the last post I began thinking about one of my favourite poems and one, that I believe, says so much about the attitude and virtues of professional selling. So here’s the poem – […]


The Art of Sales

June 8, 2010 – 12:40 pm

To me, the key skill of a sales person is questioning, being able to get the customer to give you all the information you require to enable you to deliver the order-winning proposal. After all, selling is a game and the gaining of information like searching for all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to […]


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 […]


Negotiation Checklist – Instant Sales Guides

June 2, 2010 – 5:50 pm

Part of the Instant Sales Guides series The Negotiation Checklist Understanding the Customer ☐ What is the business issue they want to solve? (What’s their ROI?) ☐ Who is involved, who are the buying influences and how do they view us? (Executive Sponsor, User, Technical, Coach, Third Parties) ☐ Who are we actually negotiating with, […]




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