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9 Ways Managers Secretly Demotivate People

Very few managers ever set out to actually demotivate a team. The night before starting a leadership or management role, most people are usually brimming with excitement. They make notes, get ready to address the troops, they’re looking forward to

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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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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 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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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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Salespeople – Are You Really Worth Your Wages?

There are 5 questions below, which if you answer honestly, will give some indication on what effect you genuinely have on your own sales figures. To my mind there are far too many people out there, earning the well-deserved wages

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The Main Reason Sales Training Works Brilliantly – or Simply Crashes & Burns

Marketing guru Perry Marshall tells a great story regarding the reasons why the Wright Brothers succeeded in getting off the ground, while so many others came crashing down to earth. You see, the reason that Orville and Wilbur Wright were the

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Do We Still Need Salespeople?

Well Do We? Do We Really Still Need Salespeople? These days, you don’t have to look very far to find an article, video or book where someone is telling us that selling is no longer relevant to modern day business.  Cold calling

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