The Sales Continuum – From Concept to Commodity

Most sales take place along a continuum, with high concept "This solves a problem you didn't even know you have" to commodities, the latter being well known by the prospect and most of the sale focused on need, price and terms.     ... [Continue Reading]

Forecasting

Forecasting is more art than science, start simple: Salesforce's forecasting tool is, remarkably, pretty straightforward to use. ... [Continue Reading]

Identifying Your Target Verticals

You'll be tempted to chase a bunch of verticals. Do not do this: focus on one or two. More than this, and your sales team will lose its focus. If a vertical is big, you should focus geographically, starting in your own backyard. That way, you can set up a live meeting if you need to without having ... [Continue Reading]

Continual Qualification

Your sales process will be tighter and more predictable if you develop a culture of continual qualification with your sales team. Every interaction with a prospect is an opportunity to better gauge their intentions, their interest, their likelihood of buying. This will save your team a lot of time ... [Continue Reading]

Our Friend the Fruit Fly

(When I am not working with sales and marketing teams, I like to bake sourdough bread.) Well, it turns out that the common fruit fly - Drosophila Mengaster - with one of the most studied set of genes in biology, does something quite helpful for us. Scientists have figured out that the fruit ... [Continue Reading]

24-14 Selling is Like Stand Up Comedy

Selling a new product, a missionary sale, is a lot like stand up comedy. Your pitch sounds fresh because you have practiced it ad nauseum, you need to be able to pivot, shift, reading your audience's mood. (This is particularly difficult to do via webinar). And, you have to practice, practice, ... [Continue Reading]

15-01 Herding Cats: Being Organized

Salespeople can be difficult to organize: all the more reason to do so. Set simple goals, develop a schedule and use it. Make sure that meetings start and end on time and keep what you expect from your team simple and make them stick to it. ... [Continue Reading]

Sales Training

American companies spend a lot of money on sales training (by some accounts, over $20 BN annually.)  There is a reason for this: sales teams are expensive to run and companies are willing to spend significant  amounts to improve their productivity. Notwithstanding this impressive spend, it is ... [Continue Reading]

Two Minutes on Designing Your Sales Process

In this two minute video I discuss designing your sales process. Two Minutes on Designing Your Sales Process Transcript  ... [Continue Reading]

One Minute on Developing Powerful Collateral

In this one minute video I describe how to develop powerful collateral. One Minute on Developing Powerful Collateral   Transcript I think in a lot of ways collateral is less important than it was even five years ago because people are so attuned to just go to this website and check it ... [Continue Reading]