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The rise of Ethical Selling

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The History of Sales Methodologies Whitepaper, revised & updated

Selling is a hot topic, especially the louder calls for more ethical, fairer, purpose driven business and selling practices.

This got us revisiting our whitepaper, The History of Sales Methodologies – why some work and others don’t which we published in 2013. We wondered if there were enough significant changes in the last 6 years to warrant an update and revision. And there are.

The History of Sales Methodologies, revised and ...

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Selling in times of social mistrust

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While there has never been a better time to be alive with access to wonderful resources and opportunities, amazing innovations, advances in technology and better healthcare, that can encourage the potential for our evolution and mutual prosperity, there is a shadow of mistrust that is following us everywhere.

Despite all the positives, there are a number of factors, fads and ideologies that have been playing out in business and governments over the last 25-30 years that have contributed to ...

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Sales Coaching, at the core of sales success

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In recent years, sales leadership coaching has continuously grown in acceptance by the managers involved in this task, as well as in its meaningful incorporation into the overall sales architecture of sales organisations. It has shifted from being an additional Learning & Development opportunity to becoming a central and critical part of the overall evolution modern sales operations are going through.

When sales management coaching first received broader recognition some two decades ago, it was regarded as a great ...

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Using Intelligent Practice to improve sales results

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In a time poor world, many people including sales leaders and salespeople often bemoan the fact that they cannot seem to make time for important things like continued professional development, coaching, and thorough planning thus leaving their evolution and sales results to chance.

Rushing through the day, responding to ‘urgent’ matters and deadlines, getting in and out of sales meetings as quickly as possible, doing the bare minimum with CRM and reporting, with little or no time for reflection ...

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Key guidelines for Negotiations in Sales

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Rule of thumb for Negotiations in Sales

Sales managers are regularly looking for negotiation skills training for their salespeople. However, digging into their team’s situation and development priorities, it is quite clear, 90% of the time, that their people do not need negotiation skills training, what they really need is consultative solution selling skills training instead.
The reason many sales managers and sales teams find themselves in this situation is they think every time ...

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The road less travelled – Selling Better

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We are, as a business specialised in sales, dedicated to promoting the concept of Selling Better rather than follow the traditional path of Selling More, and that has made all the difference.

The journey hasn’t been easy, up against the prevailing business paradigms of short-termism, ‘win-at-all-costs’, quick fixes, and race-to-the-bottom tactics, and the sales gurus with their silver bullets promising sales success. And, let’s not forget the all-time favourite: cost-cutting as the panacea for business profitability. Some businesses still ...

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Sales cycle taking longer (much longer)

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In a B2B environment, the sales cycle is usually defined as the days/ weeks/ months that pass from the first time a salesperson makes contact with a lead to the moment the client signs the contract. However, most definitions of ‘sales cycle’ have flaws because it’s nearly impossible to have one definition applicable to every business. Sales cycles vary enormously from industry to industry and organisation to organisation.

Regardless of what your definition of a sales cycle is, or ...

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12 things we’ve learned so far about Selling Better

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My team and I have been studying sales teams, salespeople, sales operating systems, sales strategies, sales processes, and sales cultures across a wide variety of industries in the public and private sectors, N4P and government since 1995 and we have seen and learned a lot of things.

Here are some of what we have learned:

  1. Selling is everybody’s business and everybody lives by selling something
  2. Selling starts with opportunity and purposeful optimism
  3. Selling is the vehicle that allows opportunity to flourish and ...
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Less IS More when it comes to Sales Planning & Market Segmentation

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Less Is More when it comes to doing good strategy, sales planning and market segmentation.

As Michael Porter, Professor and ‘Father’ of Competitive Strategy (Harvard Business School), says:

  • The essence of good strategy is choosing what not to do;
  • The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you are trying to accomplish; and
  • Strategy 101 is about choices. You cannot be all things to all people. It’s about making choices, trade-offs. It’s about being deliberately different

This is ...

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7 things you need to know to master the Craft of Selling

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We can agree:

Everybody lives by selling something – whether it be ideas, initiatives, visions, products, services or solutions.

Selling is ubiquitous – ever present in our daily lives, internally and externally. 

Selling is the vehicle that allows opportunity to flourish and people to prosper.

Nothing happens until something gets sold.

However:

As ever present as selling is in our daily lives, most people learn how to sell by default, not design.

Often thrown in the deep end, they work it out as they go, ...

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