Don’t Believe Your Own Marketing (Too Much)

Don’t Believe Your Own Marketing (Too Much)

Don’t Believe Your Own Marketing (Too Much) Sophisticated product marketing teams provide personas and typical pain points as a starting point for sales conversations. They also love to arm sales teams with case studies. On call recordings, I hear salespeople telling customers about the typical pain points and referencing the case studies. As counter-culture as this may sound, the customer’s reaction is typically, “That’s not … Read more

Sales tools and tips to use at each point in the Buyer’s Journey.

Sales Tools and Tips to Use at Each Point in the Buyer’s Journey

Sales Tools and Tips to Use at Each Point in the Buyer’s Journey Sales Tips to Facilitate the Shift from Latent to Active Need 15 Lead Generation Techniques Self Depreciation Over Social Rapport What to Say if a Sales Call is Not Going Well The Value of Training – The Value of Training Salespeople | Creating useful sales habits Style Matters in Sales This is … 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

One of my first negotiations

One of my First Negotiations

One of my First Negotiations I’ve said before that a master negotiator makes sure his counterpart walks away from the table feeling like a winner. All savvy buyers are players, and they love negotiating, which they treat like a game. They enjoy it, and when they play with another trained player, it’s fun for them. It may not be fun for the seller. In fact, … Read more

Mobile Defense Brand

Mobile Defense Plan

Mobile Defense Plan When a salesperson believes the buyer has the money, and thus all the leverage, negotiating a deal feels insurmountable. This belief causes mistakes to happen, as the seller starts offering concessions in order to get a deal. Any deal. Instead of turning into a wimpy seller, learn to deploy the Mobile Defense Plan for sales negotiations. This four-step plan is designed to … Read more

This is a Sales Call

This is a Sales Call It’s no secret that most people want to avoid sales calls. Once people figure out they have a salesperson on the line, they can’t wait to get off the phone. Traditional sales advice is to cajole them to staying on the phone. But forcing someone to give you their time is unlikely to bring about a positive response. Instead, when … Read more

when to disengage

When to Disengage

When to Disengage There may be a time when you find yourself in a situation in which a buyer is asking for something that you, as the salesperson, do not know how to respond to. When this happens, it’s important to remember that an agreement does not need to be reached in one meeting. It’s okay to disengage from the discussion to gather more information, … Read more

4 Ways to Ensure Sure Asking Questions is not an Interrogation

4 Ways to Ensure Asking Questions is not an Interrogation

4 Ways to Ensure Asking Questions is not an Interrogation I recently talked about the need to use a checklist during your sales calls. A checklist of questions will help guide and bring purpose to your sales conversations, but it does bring a risk of sounding like an interrogation.  We discussed this issue in one of my recent Software Sales Bootcamps.  #1 Pay Attention You … Read more

The Purpose of Questions

The Purpose of Questions

The Purpose of Questions When you’re on a sales call, you should have a purpose.  That purpose helps to focus your questions and guide the call, to ultimately bring about a solution.  If you went to engineering school, like I did, you were taught that asking the right questions will bring you 80% of the way to a solution.  You cannot jump to a solution, … Read more