Is sales success in the DNA?

Is sales success in the DNA?

Is sales success in the DNA? For years I have assumed great sprinters just had DNA that I did not have. While there certainly is truth to this, it’s only a partial truth. In recovering from a recent injury, I trained under Tony Santos who has worked with the Washington  Commanders, the Wizards, and several current college stars. He pointed out to me that the … Read more

3 Ways to Excite Your Buyers

3 Ways to Excite Your Buyers

3 Ways to Excite Your Buyers Most prospects are content to stay with the status quo because the personal risk associated with attempting change looms large. This is especially true if the need they have is something technical, like the monitoring of logs or single sign on. Intellectually they know things could be improved, but this is not a visceral or emotional pain point for … Read more

Do you understand FOFIP?

Do you understand FOFIP?

Do you understand FOFIP? A common sales strategy these days is to use FOMO (fear of missing out) as a catalyst to make something happen. What we don’t often talk about is FOFIP (fear of failing in public). People are more afraid of failing than they are of spiders. In fact, fear of failure is the number one reason people don’t try new things. This … Read more

Pain Drives Sales

Pain Drives Sales

Pain Drives Sales We’ve all heard the advice to focus on a customer’s pain points, but I recently had an experience that drove the point home for me. I was in a Pilates class and realized that everyone in the class, including the instructor, had started Pilates to recover from an injury. I had been hearing about the value of Pilates for years, but like … Read more

Avoid Sales Obstacles with a Mutual Agenda

Avoid Sales Obstacles with a Mutual Agenda

Avoid Sales Obstacles with a Mutual Agenda When you demonstrate that your goal for the conversation is to truly understand their needs, they understand why you are asking questions, and are glad to answer them. The context controls the outcome. A Mutual Agenda results in a better conversation for both parties, because: In any given sales interaction, left to chance, the probability that the buyer’s … Read more

The best type of sales questions? The answer might surprise you!

The Most Powerful Sales Questions

The Most Powerful Sales Questions The best type of sales questions? The answer might surprise you! Open ended? Closed ended? Interrogative led? Challenging? In The Surprising Power of Questions, Harvard Business Review May-June 2018, Alison Wood Brooks and Leslie John, provide an answer that agrees with my own observation of sales game film. The Best Type of Question? (Drum Roll Please!) Brooks and John conclude … Read more

Money and Power: How to Get to the Decision Maker

Money and Power: How to Get to the Decision Maker

Money and Power: How to Get to the Decision Maker I have discussed previously why co-building the business case is important in its own right. In addition, it opens the door to power. Power = person who makes the financial decision and controls the purse strings. Junior and/or technical people are often uncomfortable or unable to talk about money. You can use this to your … Read more

sales lessons from a heisman winner

Sales Lessons from a Heisman Winner

Sales Lessons from a Heisman Winner In his Heisman acceptance speech Caleb Williams said, “Don’t get bored with consistency.” His insight is valuable for sales performance. Most people tell me that it is not possible to have your questions for a sales call prepared in advance. While it’s true that no plan survives first contact with reality, it is not true that you should improvise … Read more

You Can’t Win a Conversation

You Can’t Win a Conversation

You Can’t Win a Conversation High pressure selling and arguing with a buyer’s objections will push them in the opposite direction and eliminate trust. Avoid whack-a-mole objection handling. Whacked buyers may stop voicing their concerns. That doesn’t mean the concern is resolved. Instead, stay left by validating their concerns and work to understand the reasoning behind the objections. When the buyer feels heard, you can … Read more

A Lesson from a Sales Split Test: We Benefit from More Structure than We Like

A Lesson from a Sales Split Test: We Benefit from More Structure than We Like

A Lesson from a Sales Split Test: We Benefit from More Structure than We Like The Accidental Sales Split Test I started a call recording and coaching program with a client who had two sales teams. After the initial training, one of the team leaders created a checklist for a discovery call and required her team to check the boxes as they made their calls. … Read more