Sean’s Thoughts

ATTENTION: The New Sales Currency

Coins stacked on each other

Years ago, when the first bartering started (thought to be in the Middle East), metals were used as symbols to represent value stored in the form of commodities. Currency became recognised as stores of value, and traded between market traders and, eventually, nations. This idea of value was built on the concept of the importance, worth or usefulness of something….

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5 Reasons Why Pre-Call Research Is A Must

Staff in a call centre

Here’s a question to start your day. ‘If you’re going to make some contacts with prospects today, why should they bother talking to you?’ Now, if you answered with something like ‘because my products are better than the competition’ or ‘I know what people in their position need’ then maybe you need to take a step back first. We’ve all…

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Why ‘Saying’ And ‘Being Believed’ Are Two Different Things

Saleswoman shaking hands with client

When I was growing up, my uncle had some ideas that, in this modern world, would seem laughable. Yet, in those days, we had no social media and a mobile phone was a brick attached to a 16lb battery! Yes, things were a little different then. One of my uncle’s ideas was that ‘if it’s in the paper, it’s true’….

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The Best Type Of Question That Gets Quick Answers

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What makes a great salesperson? Product knowledge? Great organisation and timekeeping? The ability to prospect effectively? All these are, of course, vital in the armoury of the salesperson who wants to make a success of their profession. But there’s one skill that I believe puts a salesperson head and shoulders above their competition, especially when they are actually face to…

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3 Tips To Ensure You’re Selling To The Decision Maker

Salesman selling to clients at a meeting

Have you ever had that feeling when you’re talking to a prospect that the person isn’t who they say they are? By that, of course I don’t mean they are an imposter! No, but maybe they are claiming to have more power than they really have in the decision-making process. Sometimes it may be a ploy used by the customer,…

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Top 5 Ways To Gain More Repeat Business

Businessman holding card saying repeat customers

Don’t you just love it when one of your customers places a follow-up order? Or you get that call and the customer says they’d like a repeat of what they had from you before? The great feelings flow through you, because you realise that all your hard work was worth it, and you feel rewarded by repeat business that you…

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3 Top Qualities Of The Modern-Day Sales Professional

Modern day salespeople with report

I talk constantly about the modern-day buyer and how they have evolved from those of the past. However, the modern-day seller must evolve as well. Short and sweet, here are the three top qualities of the modern-day sales professional. Today’s Sales Professional is an Expert Today’s modern consumer is educated and has access to more information about you and what you…

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10 Ways To Prepare For Your First Cold Call

Woman in a call centre

Sometimes, even the words ‘cold call’ can send shivers down salespeople’s’ spines. The very thought of picking up the phone or writing an email to a prospect who has never heard of you or knows little about your products can be so daunting to a sales professional that they spend hours doing other things so that the inevitable rejection doesn’t…

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5 Ways To Sell To The Modern Day Buyer

Business man and woman shaking hands

One of the biggest changes in sales over the years has nothing to do with selling itself. It has to do with the way that the buyer has changed their modus operandi. The process of sales is evolving as technology, globalisation and communication methods advance and progress. But the evolution of the buyer has been exponentially faster. So what do…

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5 Video Meeting Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

Business woman having a video conference

Are you using video meetings in your sales process? More and more companies are going down this route especially those that sell software, SAAS products and online services (such as online sales training). Sometimes it can save you a ton of time if you can jump on a video conference call with screen sharing capability and all that jazz! Do…

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