When you are contacting prospective customers or partners, your goal is…of course, to find those that are interested in the solutions you offer. Customers get tons of calls, emails, notes on social media…and ignore most, if not all. Making a ton of calls and getting ignored sounds tiring and not very rewarding. How to approach […]
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Celebrate your wins!
Selling can be hard work. Sales cycles to organizations small and large can take months. In order to energize your pursuit of the “next deal(s)”, taking some time to celebrate your accomplishment is important. Here is some perspective… Selling tests you in many ways Figuring out how best to approach your customer can be complex. […]
Asking for an order feel awkward?
Particularly if you are new to selling, asking for an order or to close a deal can generate some anxiety. If you have participated in athletic or other competitions, you have heard the term “choking”. No worries…it’s normal. I have been playing tennis competitively for almost 50 years and still get nervous at key moments. […]
Selling in the coronavirus environment: What your executives can do for you
Why is it usually hard to schedule your executives to connect with your customers? In addition to having a lot of demands on their time, they were travelling! Since that is not happening at least in the near term, you have a unique opportunity to connect your executives with your customers. Go on “offense” – […]
Selling in the coronavirus environment: How to keep deals on track
Since access to your customers is more difficult, getting feedback on how deals are progressing is more challenging as a result. My March 31, 2020 post was focused on how to have documents “speak for themselves” because having the number and depth of conversations we used to have is more difficult. Here is great example […]
Selling in the coronavirus environment: Managing your Sales Manager
Depending on how your company is addressing challenges with sales reps’ performance due to the restrictions, communication with your manager may be more critical than ever. Thinking ahead and proactively communicating with them (vs. waiting for them to track you down) are the keys to this going well. Here are some important considerations and some […]
Want a higher close ratio?
It is relatively early in the fiscal year for most companies. If your year did not start as you hoped and/or was derailed by the coronavirus situation, now is a good time to look at how you can get more out of your effort. While working harder may result in more deals closing, adjustments in […]
How to differentiate yourself when you are interviewing
Whether selling is something you are comfortable with or not, a critical part of the interviewing process is understanding the competitive landscape. Here are some questions to consider: How many other candidates are you competing with? 10? 20? More? If you cannot get this information, assume you have many competitors…it will make you work smarter. […]
Get off to a FAST START by learning from co-workers
One of the common traits in top athletes is that they are curious…always trying to learn, trying to improve. Whether you are a highly successful veteran sales representative or new to a sales role, there are always opportunities to learn. If you have started a new sales role you may have a longer learning curve […]
Ramp up your pipeline quickly – brainstorm with a mentor
Have you recently started a new sales role or is your pipeline of opportunities not large enough? Finding new opportunities (and growing your pipeline) may be easier than you think. How do you identify them quickly and get an action plan in place? Contact someone who can act as a mentor Mentors can be someone […]