What It Is Important To Believe About Yourself

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Your beliefs are critical to your success, in sales and in any other endeavor. They determine the actions you take—or fail to take. They also determine the outcome of those actions. Your Identity Some salespeople struggle to prospect because they believe that they are “just … [Read more...]

Hire for the Right Set of Attributes

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Recently a good friend sent me a list of outcomes he wants his new salespeople to achieve. He’s using this list as a sort of hiring guide. But to generate these outcomes, you need to look for the underlying attributes. Self Starter: The underlying attribute is self-discipline. … [Read more...]

Gaining Trust By Asking the Difficult Questions

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Being a trusted advisor means asking the difficult questions. The one question the answer to which will often do the most to help you help your dream client is why they haven’t already found a way to achieve the outcomes they need. The answer is sometimes that your competitor, … [Read more...]

To Create Greater Value Be Future Oriented

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Staking out that trusted advisor, Level 4 Value Creator™ position requires that you do more than sell your client what they need right now. To own that position, you have to be future-oriented. You have to help your dream client build a platform that helps them deliver the … [Read more...]

So You Want to Be a Trusted Advisor?

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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. Are you willing to tell the truth, even when it may cost you your … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Transactional Relationship Consultative

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When you engage a new prospect for the very first time, you have to decide whether or not you are going to be a transactional salesperson or a consultative salesperson. Your dream client doesn’t know who you are, and they are going to do their best to discern how to think about … [Read more...]

Fortune Favors the Bold

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You can’t create the maximum value for your clients without taking risks. Some of your prospective clients will already have a solution in mind. But you may have a way to create an even bigger, even better outcome for them. But that puts the opportunity at risk if your contacts … [Read more...]

Chops – How to Get Some

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You want your dream clients to find you interesting, insightful, and compelling. You want them to recognize that you are the value (or a very big part of it). You want to be Mr. Trusted Advisor or Ms. Consultative Salesperson. If you’re going to be this for your dream clients, … [Read more...]

Lies of Omission

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Most salespeople are honest and ethical. But it’s not so much because the balance of power between buyer and seller has changed as it pertains to who has information. And it’s not because the Internet allows buyers to turn the tables on sellers and sales organization, although … [Read more...]