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5 Steps To Nail A Sales Interview

  Sales interviews are often a nerve-wracking prospect, especially if it’s a job you’d really love! Don’t be daunted by the prospect, as a salesperson you’re in the perfect position to smash it – just treat your interview as a […]

What Is A Sales Process And How To Improve It

  Sales is a complicated, never-ending process of building relationships with prospects, building trust, asking probing sales questions, lots of listening and moving the whole procedure through to the commitment stage and ultimately asking for the sale or order. Your […]

How To Handle And Deal With Rejection In Sales

  A salesperson with a fear of rejection is like a lifeguard with a fear of water. It is a serious problem. Although, faced with a constant flow of rejection, absorbing one “No” after another, it is only understandable to […]

69 Inspirational Sales Quotes That Will Keep You Going

  We all love an inspirational sales quote to keep us going. Whether it’s to help us get over a sales slump or to help keep us motivated when on top, I always find them to be very useful. A […]

What Is A Sales Funnel & The Main Funnel Stages?

What is a sales funnel? In a nutshell a sales funnel are the stages that a prospective new customer needs to progress through in order to become one of your customers. I have seen some very complex funnels over the […]

How To Achieve A Healthy Sales Mindset

  We often ask salespeople on our Selling Skills Training to discuss the most important aspect of sales, and many consider the sales processes that they follow as the most important aspect that will keep the sales and commissions rolling […]

How To Change The Way You Think About Failure In Sales

In sales, a lot can depend on the outcome and results of our efforts. If we succeed or progress with the sale, we tend to increase our motivation, improve our self-esteem and build our credibility. If we lose a sale […]

What Is An Emotional Selling Proposition & Is It Better Than A Unique Selling Proposition?

Emotional Selling Proposition – have you got one? We all know that sales are based mostly on emotion and the decision is backed up with logic. Sales Logic vs Emotion – that’s the law of the salesperson. So, do we […]

5 Components Of A Salesperson’s Belief System

What is a belief system? Wiki would have it described as a mental representation of an attitude oriented toward the likelihood of something being true. I like that concept, because it identifies a model that supports the way someone likes […]

6 Questions To Ensure You Build Sales Value

You know well how customer don’t buy on price alone. The risk that is taken when they buy the cheapest option is sometimes too great and so other components are taken into account when decisions are made. We often say […]

How To Go From Salesperson To Sales Consultant

You will be aware of the changing nature of sales, driven by the ever-evolving requirements of businesses and their decision-makers. The old way of selling (cold-call, qualify, present, resolve, close) is being superseded by the consultative and insightful approach of […]

5 Steps To Effectively Follow-Up Prospects

What strikes me as strange and rather puzzling is a piece of research I read this week that said less than 10% of salespeople actually follow up a prospect more than once after they have sent a proposal. I had […]

How To Turn Failure Into Success In Sales

Let me say something that, on the face of it, may sound puzzling. You learn more when things are going badly than when they are going well. Go on, admit it…that’s an interesting statement (even if you don’t agree with […]

How To Develop A Sales Strategy In 5 Easy Steps

You wouldn’t go on holiday without deciding where you wanted to go, planning the accommodation and deciding on what transportation you would use. So, when you are planning your approach to sales, it makes total sense to determine the strategies […]

Make Your Brand Stand Out Against The Competition

Brand is often described as ‘a variety of something distinguished by some distinctive characteristic’. Apple’s brand, for instance, is characterised by the statement ‘Think Different’. It creates a label in people’s mind that attracts them and builds trust in the […]

The Customer Asks, “Why Should We Use You?”

So, you’ve got to the part of the conversation where the customer asks the £64,000 question, hence indicating they are interested but haven’t yet been persuaded to think seriously about your solution. What do they really want and need when […]

6 Main Components That Create Sales Excellence

Excellence is a word that is bandied about so much these days that it can often lose its meaning or its differentiation. The dictionary defines it as ‘being exceptional, being superior in some way, achieving extreme merit, pre-eminence or distinction’. […]

4 Steps To Become More ‘Sales Savvy’

Being sales savvy is to have the business acumen, practical knowledge and active ability to carry out your sales job effectively and efficiently. Most salespeople would mark themselves fairly high when asked if they are savvy when it comes to […]

How To Overcome 3 Main Limiting Beliefs In Sales

I remember seeing a psychologist on TV talking about how he worked with people on how to change their lives for the better. He succeeded with some people and had not such big success with others. When asked what made […]

Be A First Rate Version Of Yourself

I remember years and years ago being on a Sales Training Course where we were learning Sales Coaching skills. The facilitator was coaching someone to use a golf putter when they had never played golf in their life. It was […]

The Seven Habits Of Sales Excellence

  Stephen Covey is, and always will be, one of the most influential figures not only in my life, but in many people’s lives I know. His death tragically cut short an input to humanity that will never be forgotten. […]

The Golden Rule Of Sales

There isn’t just one rule of selling, of course. When many salespeople get together to chew the cud, the discussions often get round to comparing their best sales lines, closing techniques and high-profile customers. Ask any of them and they […]

10 Qualities That Make A Super-Salesperson

  All salespeople are judged on the results they achieve. It’s no good making all the calls, completing all the paperwork, asking for the sale countless times and overcoming sales objections time and time again if the orders aren’t coming […]

Positioning Yourself As A Sales Professional

Your brand is what goes before you. Everything you do reflects on that brand. Your image can be enhanced or stained depending on what you do or say to or with prospects. Branding is a professional statement of what your […]

Level The Playing Field For A Great Sales Contest

It is easy to spend a small fortune on sales contests and incentive programs designed to motivate, stimulate and reinvigorate the sales team. However, you may have found that such programs meant to motive, can end up having the reverse […]

The Take-Away Sale Can Be A Great Sales Closer

  For some reason, an intrinsic part of human nature is to desire that which is forbidden. It seems that whatever it is that we cannot, or should not have, are the very things we want most. Take anything, and […]

How To Use The Sales Value Equation

You’ve spent years perfecting your craft and learning everything there is to know about what you sell and the competition. However, you have to be careful not to allow that knowledge to flow too swiftly. The Instant Response Of course, […]

How To Earn A PhD In Sales

Most sales people have aspirations of being the best in their field. Most have a desire to excel beyond their peers and rise to the top of their industry. One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do […]

How To Inspire Sales People To Do Their Best

The sales team works hard. Most put in long hours, study diligently and follow the plan. However, are all doing as well as they can? Are all of your sales people actually working as hard, trying has much and giving […]

NEVER Reveal The Price Until You’ve Built Value

You know the age-old Golden Rule—“Do not reveal the price until the end.” Even if you are new to sales, management has told you that you have to wait until the closing stages before you tell the prospect the price. […]