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12 Attributes ALL Salespeople Need To Be Successful

People often ask me what makes a successful salesperson? Technical ability, product knowledge and communication skills rank highly. However, being successful in sales doesn’t require academic ability, good looks or a posh accent. The most important attribute you need is confidence. Here are some tips on increasing your self-confidence: Start with you. Being fit and healthy is important. Eat a…

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How To Use Both Logic & Emotion When Selling To Your Prospects

Did you know that every buying decision is an emotional one? People buy something from you because they either want it or desire it. Wants and desires are emotional triggers and are much different to  a persons needs. Let me ask you a couple of questions: How many times in the past have you needed something but never actually purchased…

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How This Slight Change In Mindset Will Smash Your Sales Targets…

Most salespeople are set sales targets. These are usually expressed in terms of turnover, market share, profitability, number of new accounts and renewal of existing contracts and so on. The problem with being in sales is that everything we do is measured and if we are underperforming we are vulnerable. It’s not our sales manager’s fault. He or she is…

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How Salespeople Build Rapport Using Body Language

Understanding body language is an important skill for salespeople to learn. However, it is important that we understand some key concepts first: Look for more than one sign. Try this for example. Cross your arms. It feels good doesn’t it? You are hugging yourself. Yet, if you read books on body language they will tell you that this is a…

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How To Avoid “I’m Just Looking”

If you work in the retail industry then this tip is just for you! No doubt, if you have worked on the shop floor, hearing those three dreaded words “I’m Just Looking” have annoyed you, aggravated you and made you quite angry at times. Well, many customers will say this as a stimulus response to get you off their back…

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14 Quick Tips On Becoming A More Assertive Salesperson

One definition of assertiveness is being confident and direct in dealing with others. Assertive people know what they want and aren’t afraid to ask for it. They also respect the feelings and needs of others and are prepared to negotiate solutions that are acceptable to both sides. Aggressive people want to win at all costs. Passive people give in and…

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Here’s Why Your Prospects Aren’t Buying From You…

This blog post is not going to cover how to handle objections, instead we are going to cover the underlying reasons why prospects don’t buy from you. Objections are, after all, just reasons and points that your salespeople need answer to satisfy the prospect that your product does the job. Let me go through the 4 reasons why your prospects don’t buy…

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11 Quick Tips On How To Best Prepare For A Sales Pitch

At some point in the sales process we need to make our pitch. This is an area where most salespeople could do a lot better. Most people in sales present a standard pitch that all their customers get to hear. This doesn’t work! People are different and buy for different reasons. When people buy things buyers have what we call…

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What To Do When Your Experienced Sales People Have Lost Their Edge

They were once the sales people that you could rely on every month to pull in the numbers for you. But now for some reason they have gone stale. They seemed to make it look so easy but for some reason they’ve either lost their motivation, their hunger, skills or all of them! So what can you do to reignite…

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How To Tweak Your Mindset To Improve Your Cold Calling Performance

Do you make cold calls to generate leads? If you do, do you actually like making them? Well, whether it is your full time job to make them or whether they are part of your job, the vast majority of people who have to make them do not like doing so. I actually put this down to the way that cold…

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