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Would Your Customers Offer You a Job?

Here’s an interesting way for you to set the bar professionally. Just imagine the unthinkable happens tomorrow – and you’re current employer just collapses, got sold, or decides to make 50% of the sales team redundant, including – (clearly) unjustifiably

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Why Don’t Sales People Show a Little More Initiative?

On a fairly regular basis, sales managers and business owners tell me that what they really need is a sales team that’s much more entrepreneurial – they desperately want their salespeople to show a little more initiative towards their problems and opportunities. One

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5 Reasons Why Selling is Like …. Being a Boxer

About 10 years ago I started working with Glenn, a personal fitness trainer. Glenn was a thirty something ex-army, boxing champion who did a bit of modelling as a side-line, allegedly just missed out on being an original member of

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How to Personalise Your Email Campaigns

If you are anonymously trying to reach your customers on mass with the wonders of e-mail and mailing lists, do me a favour and leave me out. I know you’re only doing your best; you’ve just been thrown into an

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5 Paths to Hitting this Year’s Sales Target

If you’re sales targets for next year are looking steeper than the north face of The Eiger – worry not my friend. There are 5 business principals below that might very well hold the alchemy that will catapult you towards

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A Business Fairy Tale – The Sales King

Once upon a time there was a Sales King. The Sales King had two beautiful daughters who gave him great joy, they were called Prospect and Customa. Great fortunes were spent on them and many songs were sung. One night

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Sales Prospecting: Do or Do Not – There is No Try

When it comes to sales prospecting, I’m regularly asked to coach teams who have fallen into the lazy habit of rattling off a few of the lines below; so this week I’m going to share with you the download I’d

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How to Bridge the Commitment Gap and Close More Deals

During the first morning of our training workshops a large percentage of delegates regularly remark; “I just want to get better at closing – that’s all I really need. If I could close more sales, everything else would fall into

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Trade Fair Nightmares? How to Become Best in Show

Hurray – it’s that time of year again when the sales team all hide behind unnaturally tall tables, while desperately trying to appear professional in their (ill-fitting) branded polo shirts, stylishly matched with their business suit trousers. Yes – it’s trade shows

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What’s the Best Way to Close a Sale?

Are there any really bad songs that you choose to listen to – over and over again – from start to finish – just because you like the way they end? I know it’s an odd question, but every time I’m asked what my favourite

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