Episode 36 – Up Your Game with David Bradford

David Bradford is a hard man to introduce. I'll point you here to his website to learn more, because to describe him simply as the CEO if Hirevue is to do him an injustice. David is a brilliant connector, a hustler, and an operator. He gets things done. But most importantly, he … [Read more...]

Ruthlessly Prioritize

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You can’t manage your time. Time is something over which you have zero control. You can’t find more time because there isn’t any more. You have all you are going to have, do with it what you may. Even though you can’t find or make more time, you can exercise control over … [Read more...]

My Three Favorite New Productivity Tools

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It is rare that I ever write about technological solutions here, but there are three tools that I am using that are absolutely worth your time. Sanebox (affiliate link): I still have an enormous problem with my email. Email literally pours into my account. At some point, someone … [Read more...]

Episode 34 – How to Make People Love You with Jeb Blount

Jeb Blount is the CEO of Sales Gravy, but he spends most of his time on the road training really large sales organizations. I just picked up Jeb’s new book People Love You: The Real Secret to Delivering Legendary Customer Experiences (I’ll now buy and read all of his books). Jeb … [Read more...]

Selling Is Still About Relationships

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In every stalled or lost deal there is a person (or persons) who opposed (or didn’t support) the salesperson and their sales organization. There is someone who wouldn’t engage with the salesperson or who wasn’t convinced of the value that they could create. Someone opposed this … [Read more...]

You Need Insight Plus Rapport and Relationship Skills

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Is it insight? Is it relationships? What is that salespeople really need to succeed? [I am using rapport to mean relationship skills here] Low Insight, Low Rapport (Time Waster): Having low insight and low rapport and relationships skills makes you a time waster. Most people in … [Read more...]

Self Selecting Out of a Deal

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Once upon a time, my little team won a massive client. They developed excellent relationships with stakeholders throughout the organization. We were doing excellent work, and things couldn’t have been going any better. And then I was asked to meet with the decision-maker, the … [Read more...]

Transact Me? Transact You!

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I bought a new telephone. I liked it so much that I bought a new tablet from the same manufacturer. But the tablet didn’t work with my cellular provider, so I called them. Within minutes, my telecommunications company had me up and running. But the next day I made a change to my … [Read more...]

30 Questions To Inform Your Sales Plan

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Do you want to know how you might improve your sales game? Here are thirty questions you can use to inform your sales plan. What you are missing might just be what’s missing. Do you have dream client targets? Do you have a plan to engage them? Is this plan a … [Read more...]

Your Desperation Isn’t Motivating

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I once heard Anthony Robbins say that people change for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. He said it is normally desperation that gets people to the point of change. But desperation causes change when you reach that point on your own; it isn’t a tool for … [Read more...]