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I received an interesting question not so long ago about the differences between a BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER and a SALES EXECUTIVE. Here’s the question: “How do I help my fiance believe she isn’t selling but its just market development?” Currently working for ABC COMPANY as an export sales administrator, her role is simply order taking and the administration of those…

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Savvy Sales Teams

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I received an email recently with regards to making a sales team more “Commercially Savvy”. Here’s what it said: “Hi Sean, I have enjoyed the mails you have been sending, and I have passed your details on to A colleague of mine who’s is working of training requirements for his European sales team. I would like to set you a…

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Want Fries With That?

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“Want fries with that?” Effective ways to up sell your current products and services Up selling is a requirement that has generated a lot of attention in recent years. This is because businesses know the value of up selling products. It is not so much the product that matters as the related products that can be sold over and over…

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Ricoh Rant

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My admin team are always given the enviable task (or not!) of arranging the MTD Sales Training Christmas party! There’s more to it than meets the eye though! Not only do they have to find somewhere suitable but I always like something different too. I get bored easily with a sit down to a 3 course meal followed by a disco…

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Call Centre Expo

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  Hi All, This is just a quick note to let you know that Brian Perry, Mark Williams and myself are keynote speakers at this years Call Centre Expo at the NEC on 26/27 September. Amongst the keynote speakers this year are also Sir Ranulph Fiennes and ‘Apprentice’ winner Michelle Dewberry so they will both be in good company! Would…

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Hells Kitchen

So Marco Pierre White has filled the shoes of his protege Gordon Ramsay! How did he do? Well, last nights opening programme was compelling viewing. I loved to see how Marco tried to “make his mark” over the latest bunch of Z list celebrities. Having eaten in 3 of Gordon Ramsays restaurants (I am a big fan of GR by…

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Adverts Dont Work

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There’s a buzz going around the marketing world at the moment that “Most advertising does not work”. I have to disagree. It should really read “Most advertising does not work because people do not know how to do it correctly!” It really is a shame to see so many businesses waste thousands of pounds each year through ineffective advertising. The…

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Pushing To Buy

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When you believe in your heart in what you sell, the prospect can tell the difference. A prospect can tell when a sales person begins to “push” for the sale because of selfish reasons; that is when the prospect gets annoyed and begins to feel pressured.  However, when you are pushing the prospect and the person can see in your…

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Curry Sales Lessons

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My wife and I have been going to the same Indian Restuarant for the past 16 years, the exact same time that we have been together! We’ve moved twice in that time too and now we live 20 miles away from the Dhaka Dynasty but we still make at least 1 or 2 trips there each month. Here’s why: – They…

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Sales Recruitment Tip

Whilst we specialise in sales training, coaching and consultancy we are very frequently asked, and especially myself for some reason, to help with either the recruitment of or the selection of sales people for organisations. And to tell you the truth I love it because I have seen it all with this! The best and most effective interview question that I…

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