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What Aristotle Can Teach You About Sales

Aristotle and Sales

If you’re in sales, there’s a good chance that you will soon close another deal.

But why? Why do clients buy what you have to sell, and then, why don’t they buy?

First, you need to follow a logical process; ours is the Sales Accelerator, but today we’re going to look to Ancient Greece and what Aristotle believed were four main causes of how things come to be. In this case, how your sales or lack of it came to be.

Topics: sales process

How to NOT Micromanage Your Team

How to NOT Micromanage Your Team

For managers wanting to grow and develop high performing teams, there's one thing they should never do: micromanage.

Often cited as the top turn-off for new hires, it’s important for leaders to know how to coach their people in a way that is motivating, and not stifling.

Topics: sales talent

Weekly Roundup: Workplace Leadership, Old School Selling + More

Workplace Leadership, Old School Selling

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

 

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way The Great Game of Business

Are you a leader?

Before you answer that question, consider … there’s a big difference between management and workplace leadership.

There are dozens – heck, hundreds – of definitions of leadership. I suggest that the following 3 skills deserve a place in any discussion of great leadership:

  1. Create a Vision
  2. Think strategically
  3. Inspire action

 >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

5 Greatest Needs Analysis Questions You Can Ask Any Prospect. Not.

needs analysis questionsPerhaps you got excited when you read the first part of the headline.

I got excited too, wishing there was a list of “magical” questions that could be asked of any prospect with a great result. The problem is, such a list does not exist.

Sorry to burst your bubble.  

Topics: Needs Analysis Sales sales process prospecting

Minimizing Internal Roadblocks – Let Your Sellers Sell!

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Have you ever heard a seller complain that there just isn’t enough paperwork to be completed?

How about that they wish your CRM was more complex?

Or that there aren’t enough departments involved in their sales?

As a manager, it's likely that you have heard the exact opposite from most of your salespeople. Hunters like to hunt, but many don’t really like to cook or clean up after their kill. What are ways that you can let your sellers sell and minimize the roadblocks they deal with?

Topics: sales performance internal roadblocks

BBQ and Business Acumen

BBQ and business acumen

BBQ and business acumen.

Traditionally, those two items don't go together, but for this story, one is the key to the other.

I started in sales in 1993, straight out of college. I didn't have a lot of work or life experiences that I could draw from as I worked with business owners helping them to improve their businesses' performance.

I did my best reading the Wall Street Journal, the business section of the local paper, and reading the latest business books to help grow my knowledge of business.

Topics: business development business acumen

Finding the Right Mentor

Steps to Finding the Right Mentor

We're used to hearing “it takes a village” when we're talking about family, but what if that “village” theory is true in business as well.

Well, it sure helps!

Finding the right mentor can help you navigate your career and give you a village of knowledge instead of going at it on your own.

Topics: sales leadership

Weekly Roundup: Increase Employee Engagement, Walking Away from Prospects + More

Walking Away from Prospects

- MOTIVATION -

"Don't find fault, find a remedy."

 

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Increasing Employee Engagement to Achieve a Successful, Sustainable OrganizationThe Great Game of Business

Markets shift, economies surge and ebb, leadership changes, but the constant in every organization is the intrinsic motivation of staff.

They are propelled by the same basic wants and needs as pre-industrial revolution workers. What are these motivators? Why do they matter? What is the result on the short and long term success of an organization?

The following are some thought provoking ideas and methods to increase employee engagement. >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

Write Prospecting Emails That Actually Get Replies

sales prospecting emailGOOD NEWS: 80% of professionals prefer to use email for business communication. 


BAD NEWS: With over 269 Billion emails sent every day, there's a lot of fierce competition flooding your prospects' inboxes.

So how can you, the stealthy salesperson, craft a genius prospecting email that warrants a response? 

Topics: email sales strategy sales performance sales process prospecting

Talking Leadership with Maryann Balbo and Fran Mallace, Cox Media

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We hear this question more than ever, "What makes a good leader?"

In the first 2022 episode of Improving Sales Performance, Stephanie Downs joins Matt Sunshine and guests Maryann Balbo and Fran Mallace of Cox Media.

Maryann and Fran are both Group Vice Presidents at Cox Media, and throughout the show, they discuss qualities of a good leader, leading in a 'people-first' company, and offer advice for sales leaders on company culture, sales management in 2022, and looking forward.

Tune in now or keep reading for a brief overview.

Topics: sales performance company culture

Investing in Employee Development is No Longer Optional

Investing in Employee Development is No Longer Optional

It’s often said that an organization’s most valuable resource is its people.

An increasing number of leaders are turning these words into action by investing in training and skill development for their workforce.

In fact, employee development is quickly becoming one of the biggest trends in the workplace for 2022. Companies who make it a cornerstone of their culture will be well positioned to hire and retain top talent in a competitive job market.

Topics: sales talent professional development

Learning and Development Lessons from the Pandemic

Learning and Development

The pandemic has brought about numerous changes in the way we work and interact within our organizations, and it has also affected the way we develop, deliver, and assess employee training.

There has long been a push to incorporate more technology into training programs and the last two years have acted as the accelerant needed to push learning and development to new levels. Coupled with the new technologies is a shift away from more formal learning delivery and methods.

While many of these ideas were already in play, they have emerged as best practices in the virtual and work-from-home environment.

Topics: learning development

Weekly Roundup: Sales Quotes, Signs Your Sales Demo is Boring Buyers + More

Sales Quotes, Signs Your Sales Demo is Boring Buyers

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"Real listening is a willingness to let the other person change you."

 

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22 Sales Quotes to Inspire You to Make 2022 Your Best Year Yet LinkedIn

A new year. The ultimate clean slate, a fresh piece of white paper, awaiting your pen.

The question is – what story will you write on that paper this year? Will 2022 be just another year in your career? Or, will it be one you remember forever, where you learn new skills, build new relationships, and crush every quota thrown your way? >>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

So You’ve Hired Some “Green” Salespeople. Now What?

So You’ve Hired Some Green Salespeople

All sales managers know that it’s important to have a full staff of salespeople in order to hit your goals. But you know how risky and ineffective it is simply to hire anyone who can fog a mirror. It’s essential to hire only the right people. 

When searching for the right talents, skills, and experience, strong sales managers recognize that talent is primary.

Topics: Sales sales training

How to Update Your Sales Process for 2022

How to Update Your Sales Process for 2022

In his book The Goal—author and business management guru Eli Goldratt—focuses on a concept called the theory of constraints.

This theory states organizations have constraints (or bottlenecks) that negatively impact performance. The process of identifying the most significant constraint and utilizing resources to eliminate the constraint is part of the process to improve performance.

Topics: sales process

The Importance of Pitching the Perfect Sales Presentation

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Sometimes, showing, more than telling, is a better way to pitch ideas and new products to potential customers and investors. This way, you can give them graphic images and pictorial representations of your pitch, which is a more engaging way to sell yourself.

One of the ways to do this is through a sales presentation. It presents your product or service to clients professionally, informing, educating, inspiring, and motivating the customer or investor to take action in favor of your product. 

However, poorly-delivered sales presentations can defeat the purpose, sometimes even turning the client off from doing business with you. A sales presentation is carefully prepared by taking time, energy, dedication to create the perfect pitch. 

If you’ve ever wondered what makes pitching the perfect sales presentation to customers and investors so important, this article will tell you. We’ll also share tips to help you deliver the perfect sales pitch and wow your clients.

Topics: sales process sales pitch

How to Identify the Needs of Your Sales Team

How to Identify the Needs of Your Sales Team

With the new year here,  many sales managers and executives are planning to make certain they have a plan in place to equip and prepare their sales teams for a good year.  

Certainly the changes in the selling environment we have all experienced in the last 20 months or so have exposed some areas for improvement as well added new expectations for how business is done. 

So, how can we best identify the needs of the sales team?  Here are two methods to consider.

Topics: sales process