4 Ways to Retool your Attitude to Thrive in the Face of Adversity

By | 2018-07-16T16:25:03+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Attitude, Mindset|

We all choose how to react to things in our lives. The most important decisions to be made are often when we are faced with adversity. When challenges arise, it’s easy to get defensive and complain, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The key is to view obstacles as opportunities, and sometimes to [...]

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Your Prospect’s Buying Decision is Not Yours to Make

By | 2018-07-16T16:12:55+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Attitude, Closing, Mindset|

One of my favorite quotes to recall in life and in sales is by Dr. Seuss: "Except when they don't because sometimes they won't."   I think this is applicable to sales and the importance of remembering that your prospect’s buying decision is simply not yours to make. No matter what you do, or how much [...]

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Why Your Prospect’s Budget Doesn’t Matter

By | 2018-07-12T14:30:58+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Closing, Prospecting|

I recently had lunch with a friend and fellow small business owner. He expends a lot of effort narrowing down his target audience by their demographics in order to determine if maybe they’ll have the budget to work with him. To me, that seems like a lot of extra work to do. Every time I [...]

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3 Killer Ways to Build and Maintain Momentum in Sales

By | 2018-06-27T13:37:39+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Closing, Follow-up, Prospecting|

Challenges are inevitable in life and in sales. The key is to maintain momentum and keep moving forward, despite the obstacles you face. I believe momentum is one of the most powerful and underappreciated forces in sales. We all have slow periods and off days, but if you’re doing anything right in sales you also [...]

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Vulnerability: The Secret to Closing More Sales

By | 2018-06-10T14:43:26+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Prospecting, Questioning, Vulnerability|

You probably don’t ask your prospects directly on sales calls, “Can we get vulnerable for a minute?” But in reality, that is what you’re requesting. Vulnerability. When you sell something, you’re asking your prospect to make a change and admit that they could be doing something better than they are now. Change requires admission that [...]

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5 Questions to Reset your Sales Timeline Expectations

By | 2018-06-03T22:52:46+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Prospecting, Questioning|

Maybe this sounds familiar: you’re working with a great prospect. You know you can serve them in a way no one else can. You’re sure can help them achieve outcomes far beyond their expectations and you’re pretty darn sure they’re committed to working with you, but they haven’t pulled the trigger on signing the contract [...]

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4 Inspiring Thoughts on Wisdom from Rob Bell

By | 2018-05-11T17:40:05+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Attitude, Mindset, Prospecting, Questioning, Think|

My wife is a big fan of author Rob Bell’s perspective on wisdom, spirituality, and life, and I often overhear his podcast playing in the living room. The RobCast is loaded with perspective, and not surprisingly, it translates well to the business world. I’d like to share a few gems from this particular episode on [...]

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Closing Sales: Are you Patient or are you Pressing?

By | 2018-05-11T16:39:19+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Closing, Follow-up, Prospecting|

When quotas and deadlines loom, the temptation to press your prospects can be strong. These are the frantic, palms-sweating moments that throw some of you (you know who you are) into a tailspin. But hitting the panic button and deciding to press is counterproductive. The key to getting home is not a frantic push. It's [...]

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Is Overthinking Killing Your Prospecting?

By | 2018-04-11T15:08:03+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Listen, Prospecting, Think|

Your prospecting mode means a whole lot less than you think it does. Fundamentally, effective prospecting happens when you interact with people who can say yes to you. Prospecting methods have evolved over time and continue to differ across industries, but the principle remains: the mode doesn’t matter as much as the message. The evolution [...]

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5 Ways to Channel Your Swagger to Succeed in Sales

By | 2018-03-19T15:36:49+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Attitude, Mindset, Prospecting|

Selling is hard. There is no way around it. Even high-achieving salespeople fail twice as often as they succeed. It’s critical to keep your wits about you in this line of work. That’s where swagger comes in. I could write an entire ebook about swagger (and someday I might). Swagger is your inner rock star. [...]

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What I Noticed at the Gym…

By | 2018-03-19T15:30:59+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Attitude, Think|

At many gyms, you see a lot of people there for show. When you peak behind the curtain, it's clear there's no foundational strength. It's not that different in sales. There are many salespeople who are loud and flashy, but when you dig a bit deeper, you see that the people who are yelling the [...]

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How to Establish Yourself as an Industry Expert

By | 2018-03-19T15:29:28+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Messaging, Prospecting, Speak, Write|

As a sales professional, you're always working to earn attention. One of the most effective ways to earn attention is by establishing a reputation as a trusted industry expert. When you’re recognized as an expert, you can enter into a business relationship as trustworthy resource and peer. Trust is gold, because you must establish trust before [...]

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6 Prospecting Keys to Help You Get to the Decision Maker

By | 2018-03-19T10:59:13+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Prospecting|

Successful sales prospecting starts with understanding your unique value proposition. But no matter how great your pitch is, it will be ineffective if it doesn’t reach the person who can say yes to you. This goes well beyond the traditional “making sure you're in front of the decision-maker” conversation. The concepts in this post will [...]

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Sales Process Check-Up: Do you have a plan to achieve your goals?

By | 2018-03-19T15:26:57+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Mindset, Think|

Do you want to grow your business this year? (I’m assuming you do) Do you have a detailed plan to do it? (I hope you do) Do you have a consistent, repeatable sales process that will help you achieve it? (you might) Can you describe it? …without saying “it's all about relationships…"? (you probably can’t) [...]

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How to Cultivate Deeper Customer Relationships with Vulnerability

By | 2018-03-19T13:51:48+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Listen, Prospecting, Speak, Vulnerability|

In sales, you're often asking someone to change the way they're doing something. In order to change, they first have to admit they're not doing something as well as they could be. Admitting that requires vulnerability. When is the last time you got vulnerable with your prospect or customer? If you want your customers to [...]

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How to Stop Being Selfish and Improve your Messaging

By | 2018-03-19T13:39:05+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Messaging, Mindset, Sales Tension, Think|

I get calls all the time from salespeople who immediately jump into a self-serving pitch. These people are glossing over the fact that value is subjective and it means something different to every prospect they talk to. A canned pitch won't do if you're truly want to resonate with your prospect and convey your unique [...]

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Ask These 5 Questions to Learn from Lost Opportunities

By | 2018-03-19T13:37:54+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Why they Didn't Buy|

When an opportunity is lost, it’s tempting to play the blame game. Maybe you’re tempted to blame your company’s high price or someone in marketing for not giving you the collateral you needed to your message across. That approach is fruitless. Instead, if we shift our perspective and think of lost sales as opportunities to [...]

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6 Strategies to Create Tension and Close More Sales

By | 2018-03-19T13:23:11+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Closing, Listen, Think|

An object at rest will remain at rest until it is acted upon by some outside agency. In selling, that outside agency is need. That need is exacerbated by some sort of tension. Unless there is tension, you rely 100% on your prospect being ready to buy. At that point, the selling is already done. [...]

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How to Avoid Sending the Typical “Terrible Sales Email”

By | 2018-02-05T18:49:13+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Follow-up, Why they Didn't Buy, Write|

What's worse than an impersonal email blast? An email blast that tries really hard to seem personal, while remaining painfully, obviously, automated and impersonal. An outreach solution like this is nearly always a reflection of the actual solution it's offering. If the email is distant, insubstantial, and unthoughtful, it's likely the solution it's selling is [...]

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Asking Powerful Sales Questions

By | 2018-02-05T17:25:17+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Questioning|

What kind of questions are you asking on your sales calls? Are you still trying to figure out who the decision maker is and get the timeline for when the decision will be made and how much they will spend? What would happen if you differentiated yourself by not asking the same questions that have [...]

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