Counting What Counts

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You never produce results without activity. But you also never produce results without those activities generating a positive outcome. You can count the number of phone calls you make, but that’s only an indication of one part of your effort, your willingness to dial the … [Read more...]

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...]

How to Work Your Sales Funnel

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There is a reason to do work in a certain order, to plan your week, to be a disciplined “me manager.” You don’t always get to decide when you do some of the work that you need to do each week. Some clients need you to be available when it fits their schedule. Some prospective … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Your Deal Isn’t Closing

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Deal stuck? Here's why. It’s Still a Lead You don’t close a lead. You only close opportunities. The reason that you can’t (and won’t) close some of the deal in your pipeline is because they are still only leads. In order to convert a lead to an opportunity, your prospective … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Your Deal Stalled

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Here are four reasons your deals stall and some ideas about how to get them moving again. You didn’t do the necessary work in the early stages of the process. The value that you create for your dream clients happens early in the sales process and early in their buying … [Read more...]

How to Massively Improve Your Ability to Close

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I often hear sales leaders complain that their salespeople “can’t close.” But this is a presenting problem, not the root cause. Closing business is relatively easy and straightforward. You simply say something like, “I believe that we’ve done enough together to move forward. Can … [Read more...]

How You Fail In Sales

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Selling is difficult. It's easy to fail. Here are some the way you can fail. Failure to be known: You aren’t going to succeed in sales if you aren’t known. Unless people know you and what you do, you're not going to create the opportunities you need to succeed. Failure to … [Read more...]

7 Great Reasons to Disqualify a Prospective Client

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You always try to be everything to everyone. - Everclear You aren't everything to everyone. And they aren't everything to you either. You have limited time: You don’t have enough time to call on--or win--every prospective client you might serve. You have to ruthlessly … [Read more...]

The Truth About Buyers

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Buyers are researching your product, or service, or solution and have already made a list of sales organizations they are going to consider. Buyers are too busy to be bothered with salespeople because they already have as much information as the salesperson. Salespeople aren’t … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Convince Me You’re Better

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The prospective client said that the salesperson was going to have thirty minutes to convince him that she was better than her competitor, a competitor that the prospective client had partnered with for eleven years. The prospective client wasn't really interested in hearing how … [Read more...]