One Loss Away from a Disaster

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Over time, no matter how good you are, no matter how much you care, you will lose clients. You will lose some clients through no fault of your own. You will be doing everything right, and they will change their strategy, eliminating the need for what you provide … [Read more...]

How to Plan Your Sales Week

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You have three choices when it comes to starting your week. Begin With Your Existing Opportunities You can start the week in your existing pipeline, either working forward or backwards. If you decide to work backwards, you start at the opportunities that are closest to the … [Read more...]

Focus on the Right Targets

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The biggest and best prospects in your territory already have someone providing them with what you sell. They're completely satisfied. Okay, they're not completely satisfied, but they will tell you they are. Your biggest and best prospects, your dream clients, have had the same … [Read more...]

You Are Stalled

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You Are Stalled You’re working a big deal through your pipeline. Things are going well–even better than expected. You have the ability to create tremendous value for this dream client. And they appreciate what you do and how you do it. If anything was ever a sure bet this would … [Read more...]

Everything Looks Like a Meal to a Starving Man

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The hungrier you get, the more willing you are to eat something that isn’t really good for you. If you’re starving, all of your discipline around eating goes straight out the window, doesn’t it? That’s why you’re not supposed to wait until you are starving to eat (and why you … [Read more...]

Throw It Back. It’s Too Small.

Throw It Back. It’s Too Small.

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I've been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in … [Read more...]

What Your Sales Manager Should Never Have to Manage

What Your Sales Manager Should Never Have to Manage

Your sales manager should never have to manage your activity. Your self-discipline, your goals, and your personal ambition should provide the motivation for your activity. If your sales manager has to look at your activity then you are doing something wrong. You sales manager … [Read more...]

If There Is Information Parity, It’s Your Fault

If There Is Information Parity, It’s Your Fault

There’s so much written now about how the imbalance of power between buyer and seller in the past was due to the fact that the seller had more information. Allegedly, because of the free flow of information on the Internet, your clients are now equal when it comes to information. … [Read more...]

Stop Mourning the Loss of a Client

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You are going to lose clients. Sometimes it’s going to be your fault. You’re going to fail to deliver. You’re going to get complacent and your competitors are going to catch you sleeping. Your going to lose the key operational person that owns the relationship. Sometimes you’ll … [Read more...]

Don’t Take Your Foot Off the Accelerator

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You've got a full pipeline. So full that you're not sure you can handle all of the opportunities you are certain to win. But you're already buried alive, and you really want some quality of life. So you lift your foot off the accelerator. Then, the opportunities that were coming … [Read more...]