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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 New Year Message to Salespeople

May the charlatans and half-jobs never darken your door – but may the knowledge that they exist, drive you to reach every customer an hour before the dishonest ever get a chance to call. May you wake every morning eager

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Can You Solve the Puzzle of the 18th Camel?

There was once a man who had three sons and 17 camels. On his death bed he split his 17 camels between his boys; Half to his eldest, One third to his middle son and One ninth to the youngest.

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A Business Fairy Tale – The Procrastination of the Sales King

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

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Sales in Top 10 Professions Most Likely to Experience Depression

Not so long ago, a report on Health.com listed sales as one of the 10 professions where workers are most likely to experience depression. If you didn’t know already, depression affects about one in ten of the population – and can

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Stop Trying to Sell to THAT Customer (and Help THIS One Instead)

I received quite a lot of feedback and comments with regards to my last post – These People Will Never Be Your Customers – telling me how I was wrong to use the word “never”, and that only failures wouldn’t try

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How to Get a Bit “Blue Whale” About Business Development

Did you know that a blue whale needs to eat millions of  krill a day just to survive – millions of them, more than 3,000kg in weight – just to survive. On top of that, the amount of energy required for that 98

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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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LinkedIn Crashes – How Do You Sell When LinkedIn is Down?

Today LinkedIn went down for many of it’s European users – including the UK – although it appears to be working normally in the United States. A company spokesman said; “We are aware that some members have difficulties accessing our site. We are working hard

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