Position Yourself with Power

Customers always create a perception about the sales people who call on them.  Sometimes this perception works for us, and sometimes it works against us.  By intentionally influencing our position with the customer, we can influence the customer’s...

Betrayed! A Q&A for Salespeople

What happens when you spend a great deal of time and effort creating a big proposal for a prospect, and discover that they gave it to their current vendor to match?  Have you been betrayed, or is there some other explanation?  In any case, what do you do?...

Strategic Planning for Salespeople

In a misguided attempt to stay busy and see as many people as possible, too many salespeople subscribe to the theory that any activity is good activity. Sales people now must confront an overwhelming number of potential “things to do,” and that requires...
Joint Sales Calls

Joint Sales Calls

One of the fundamental principles that I’ve held to for my career in sales is this: One of the best things a sales manager can do is make joint sales calls with his/her sales people. While I continue to believe that, I received an email from an Ezine subscriber some...
5 Sales Strategies to Develop Accounts

5 Sales Strategies to Develop Accounts

Salespeople are most successful when they use proven sales strategies to develop accounts. It makes sense. Rarely will you make one sales call on someone and then never see them again. More likely, you will come to know these customers. You can’t expect to sell...