Preparing To Be a Player

Preparing To Be a Player

Preparing To Be a Player As a rule, success depends on practice; hours and hours and hours of practice. It’s true in sports. It’s true in music. It’s true in entertainment. Most professionals wisely eschew seat-of-the-pants performances. In the sales profession, we often enter into a negotiation with little to no preparation. As a result we rely heavily on instinct. Instinct tends to drive us … Read more

Lessons From a Savvy Seller

Lessons From a Savvy Seller

Lessons From a Savvy Seller A seasoned sales leader, who I had the privilege of working with, pointed out that, as a young salesperson, he made three mistakes at the end of a long sales cycle as he entered the final negotiation: No real plan. His plan was “to get the deal.” Ask for the order. When his old boss asked how he intended to … Read more

Do salespeople have to “give” to “get”?

Do salespeople have to “give” to “get”?

Do salespeople have to “give” to “get”? 95% of salespeople and sales managers believe salespeople have to “give to get.” A review of recorded buyer/seller interactions debunks this sales myth.  Why do we feel the need to “give to get?” This widely held belief is based on the idea of “qualifying” the buyer. Qualifying is extracting information for the seller’s purposes. There’s a need for … Read more

The Tie Down

The Tie Down

The Tie Down In one of my recent Software Sales Bootcamps, one of the participants mentioned that all the sales training he’d had up to that point conditioned him to get the potential buyer into a “yes” mode.  The theory is that if they say yes once, they will say yes again.  Getting them to agree with you on a small point, opens up the … Read more

money before technology

Money Before Technology

Money Before Technology I will argue that you should talk to a buyer about money before you talk about technical details. Believe it or not, buyers are on board with this idea. It’s salespeople who aren’t. Doing a quick analysis and getting a buyer’s input on whether it makes financial sense to move forward is a much quicker process than dealing with technology. This saves … Read more

Four Reasons to Review Sales Calls with Your Team

Four Reasons to Review Sales Calls with Your Team

Four Reasons to Review Sales Calls with Your Team Many sales calls are recorded. Few are reviewed. Sales calls should not be recorded as a means to simply check boxes. That’s pointless. Effective sales managers use call recordings like game film to help their team analyze the outcomes, and learn what is effective. Here are four reason to review sales calls with your team: #1 … Read more

USI versus Salesforce: A strategic marketing lesson

USI versus Salesforce: A Strategic Marketing Lesson

USI versus Salesforce: A Strategic Marketing Lesson I worked with the sales teams of both USI and Salesforce in their early days. One flopped and one skyrocketed. The difference is that USI tried to broadly sell software as a service to everyone. They did not focus on a single application. They did not focus on a specific market. Salesforce did what Geoffrey Moore recommended. They … Read more

Relationships Take Too Long

Relationships Take Too Long

Relationships Take Too Long “I see the value of relationships, but sometimes I think that takes too long.” This statement was made by a salesperson in a Software Sales Bootcamp, and raised a key point of how to establish rapport with a buyer. I’ve listened to thousands of hours of sales calls, and I’ve heard salespeople try to break the ice by starting out with … Read more

The Problem with Safety Nets

The Problem with Safety Nets

The Problem with Safety Nets I was watching David Rubenstein interview Noubar Afeyan, the co-founder of Moderna, when David asked Noubar why so many start-ups were founded by immigrants. Noubar replied that if you were uprooted from your home, especially forcibly as he was from his native Lebanon, you have no sense of entitlement. He said that a sense of entitlement is only possible if … Read more

12 Sales Resolutions for the New Year

12 Sales Resolutions for the New Year

12 Sales Resolutions for the New Year We all know that most resolutions fail because people often call out large goals without an understanding of what it takes to achieve them. Rather than saying that this year you want to sell more, or make money, focus on small changes that will help you achieve big results. Use this list as a suggestion to brush up … Read more