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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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BATNA – Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

May 8, 2010 – 6:16 pm

One of the concepts that sales people often have difficulty with on an advanced negotiation skills course is BATNA. I intended to create a blog for this topic in the future but there is such a great BATNA example in the news at the moment, I thought I should cover it now. So the situation […]

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Closing Sales

April 28, 2010 – 10:46 am

Closing is a very interesting topic for sales and the whole business. I recently got a call from a Sales Director who said he said he wanted a 1-day closing course for his sales team because they just couldn’t close. As I tried to drill down into the detail, he got quite exasperated, and said […]

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