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Epic Sales Presentation Failures

When I say sales presentation, I don’t just mean any sales presentation.  This is the big one.  Maybe you’re one of three finalists for a 5X deal (i.e. five times larger than your average deal size).  Perhaps retaining your largest customer depends on your ability to...

How To Build A Prospect List

3 Strategies To Build A Better List Get prospecting right and the rest of the sales process will take care of itself. It’s true – There’s very little that can positive impact the sale more than prospecting. If you master the art of identifying and finding the right...

When Does Persisting become Pestering?

Auto dialers and CRMs, along with sales managers everywhere, are being questioned by sales reps. The systems and sales managers are programmed to push for following up with prospects. The sales reps are skeptical, feeling that following up too soon or too often will...

Summer Sales Challenge Grows Revenues

Depending on when you are reading this, the Score More Sales Summer Sales Challenge is about to begin or it has begun already. No matter, you can get in on it at any point, although the sooner the better. For some people the Summer months are for planning long...

You Are the Ultimate in Added Value

In selling, the term “value added” has taken on a life of its own. This term has a variety of meanings and interpretations which is confusing for buyers and sellers alike. Here are just a few examples of what “value added” has meant in different industries: We will...

The key to your success may be less thinking

Lauren Bailey, President of Girls Club, asked me to deliver the closing keynote at their first annual conference. This presented a challenge for me. I teach sellers how to sell stuff…Now, I’m being asked to “tell my story” and share the failures and successes that got...

How to Stop Taking Rejection Personally

I can’t tell you how many times people tell me they “could never” be in sales. When I ask why, I get vague answers about not liking to sell or not being good at it. Eventually, when I bring it up, they’ll agree that one of the big issues is, they couldn’t handle the...

You Lost Me at “Hello”

Ask sales managers what they look for in a salesperson and inevitably one of the top three responses is some variation of enthusiasm, passion, or energy. But can enthusiasm be a liability? In a coaching session with a junior sales rep this morning, I was role-playing...

Ten Ways to Prepare for a Tough Negotiation

By the time two parties to a negotiation are sitting across the table from each other, the negotiation may already be over. If you didn’t plan ahead, chances are that you’ve walked in to a fait accompli, a done deal, a ship that’s already sailed. If the other party...

50 Ways to Fight Gender Bias in Sales

Every week, someone asks me (at least once) about a specific situation a woman has had in the workplace – usually on a sales team - either to get some advice, tell what happened, or simply to share in a safe space about an incident involving them or someone they know....

Six Sales Mistakes Guaranteed To Kill The Sale

When it comes to mastering the art of sales, sometimes it can be more important to understand what not to do when trying to get the sale. Sales is one business where you cannot fake success. Your numbers, your goals and your bottom line results will always reveal your...

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