How to Lose a Deal

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Engage in a Process that Doesn’t Serve You: Sales process is for sales managers to forecast. It has nothing to do with real sales calls. If your prospective client wants you to fill out an RFP, RFQ, or RFI, do it. If they want an arms-length process, give them what they want. … [Read more...]

The Real Story Goes Unreported

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Your attitude is important. You have to protect yourself from negativity, lest you become infected. If you turned on the news today, you heard divisive political stories, frightening news about the spread of a dangerous virus, the horrors of war, an earthquake, and problems on … [Read more...]

On Seemingly Adversarial Questions

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The contact sitting across from you appears to be adversarial. She’s asking the toughest of tough questions. She’s incredulous when you respond, even though you are giving her the pure, unadulterated truth. When you explain your answers further, clarifying your responses, she … [Read more...]

Translating Price Objections

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Sometimes what you hear isn’t what is said. Fortunately, I am fluent in “client,” and I can translate. You thought you heard a price objection. Your price is higher than your competitors. Translation: I don’t perceive the value and you haven’t differentiated that value. If … [Read more...]

The Leadership Playbook: Relentless Accountability

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I watched an interview with Jamie Dimon, famed CEO of Chase. The interviewer had heard about a list Dimon carried with him in his pocket. It was handwritten, and he carries it with him at all times. The list is pages long, and it is a record of everything that any of his direct … [Read more...]

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Put Themselves First

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Hustlers take care of themselves before they take care of other people. This sounds selfish, doesn’t it? It’s not selfish; it is necessary. Keep reading. Hustler’s put their personal health first. They make time to exercise each morning, knowing that the body that carries around … [Read more...]

The Invaluable Nature of Mistakes

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I was a better salesperson before I was given my first job in sales. I just tried to get people to meet with me, some did, and some gave me good opportunities. Then my manager made me a full time, outside salesperson. The company armed me with a big binder full of our history, … [Read more...]

The Truth About Social Selling

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The truth about social selling is that there is no such thing. Social selling is really marketing. You don’t use social media to qualify your dream clients. The work you do using the social toolkit is about identifying your dream clients. It’s about listening to your dream … [Read more...]

Helping Those Who Won’t Help Themselves

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You can’t want something for someone who doesn’t want it for themselves. It doesn’t matter that you can see what they could become, that you see talent being wasted, or that a potential financial gain is being lost. Until they want it for themselves, nothing you do will make a … [Read more...]

What Are You Known For?

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My friend Chris Brogan is known for helping entrepreneurial, owner-types find ways to build sustainable business models. He’s also known for integrating health and business. Dave Brock is known for helping sales organizations improve their processes, including their sales … [Read more...]