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Friend + colleague Anthony Iannarino notes that Reps can never produce results without activity, but they never produce results unless activities generate positive outcomes. He goes on to suggest that most salespeople fail because they take too little action or … Continue reading

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A South African colleague recently described to me the main difference he saw between B2B sales in South Africa vs. North America: the ‘politely impolite’ buyer in North America. In his view, buyers in North America won’t say no for … Continue reading

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Jill Konrath’s perspectives on selling with impact are always worth noting. In an on-line interview, a few years ago, she was asked: ‘what’s the one thing Reps need to do more of to be successful.’ Her answer: ‘think’. She had … Continue reading

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Research shows it takes 10,000 hours of practice done over roughly 10 years to achieve the pinnacle of performance: craftsmanship. However, research also shows it can take a lot less than that to learn the basics. Josh Kaufman, author of The … Continue reading

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In this latest interview, Joe Galvin, EVP, Miller Heiman Research Institute suggests top sales organizations will increasingly get to top performance by operating with a higher level of transparency. They’ll have a sharper, faster, read than others on how sales … Continue reading

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In B2B sales, conversations with buyers are the key to cash. A Rep’s productivity is often determined by the buyer value being created in sales conversations. Creating buyer value requires a deep understanding of a buyer’s situation. Effective listening improves … Continue reading

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One of the classic ‘silver bullets’ sales managers like to fire when the pressure’s on to produce more revenue? ‘Try Harder’. Put another way, as Nike would say: ‘Just Do It’. For a lucky few, it can work. For the … Continue reading

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Had a fascinating chat recently with the lead for a multi-billion dollar firm’s sales performance improvement initiatives. It’s their firm’s number one business growth strategy for 2013. His biggest challenge? Where to start. It’s tempting to offer up a recipe … Continue reading

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