A new normal in sales

A New Normal in Sales

A New Normal in Sales A newly hired executive sat in on a sales call as part of his onboarding. He said, “This customer was very forthcoming. Far beyond normal. They told us everything. Pain. Cost of doing nothing. Their exact list of decision criteria. Budget. Process.” The call was recorded and we reviewed it with the sales team. The new team member thought he … Read more

Why Intent Matters

Why Intent Matters

Why Intent Matters People don’t argue with their own ideas. When you hear an indication of need on a discovery call, follow their thought. Two ways to follow their thought are: “Tell me more.” “Is there more I should understand?” Call recordings show both approaches work. But not equally. “Tell me more.”  is a command. A command may work in face-to-face selling because people fear … Read more

The Enlightened Customer Success Manager

The Enlightened Customer Success Manager

The Enlightened Customer Success Manager Koan = A paradox used in Zen Buddhism, usually a short statement or story that causes the hearer to take pause in order to develop enlightenment. CSM Koan= Assurances made by customer success managers reduce customer satisfaction. Has this given you pause? Let me explain. As I review CSM call recordings, there are CSM’s who make frequent assurances, such as: … Read more